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Kenya: String of attacks points to possibility of impending big attack, official fears

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    An injured Kenyan is wheeled into Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday March 31, 2014, after an explosion in downtown Nairobi killed at least five people. The National Disaster Operation Center said on Twitter that explosions had occurred Monday evening in a neighborhood known for its large Somali population, and the agency said five people were killed and several injured without saying what caused the blasts. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim) (The Associated Press)

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    An injured Kenyan receives medical treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, March 31, 2014, after an explosion in Nairobi killed at least five people. The National Disaster Operation Center said on Twitter that explosions had occurred Monday evening in a neighborhood known for its large Somali population, and the agency said five people were killed and several injured without saying what caused the blasts.(AP Photo/Sayyid Azim) (The Associated Press)

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    An injured Kenyan is wheeled into Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday March 31, 2014, after an explosion in Nairobi killed at least five people. The National Disaster Operation Center said on Twitter that explosions had occurred Monday evening in a neighborhood known for its large Somali population, and the agency said five people were killed and several injured without saying what caused the blasts. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim) (The Associated Press)

Officials fear a wave of explosions in Kenya could indicate another large-scale attack is coming.

Since the September attack on an upscale mall that killed 67 people, Somali militant sympathizers have been blamed for an explosion at Nairobi's main airport, a grenade attack on tourists on Kenya's coast, a blast on a public bus in Nairobi, and three blasts Monday night in the capital that killed six people.

A top police official who insisted on anonymity said security agencies believe a large attack is imminent. Police foiled a car bomb attack in Mombasa last month.

Australia issued a weekend alert of "a serious and ongoing risk of large scale acts of terrorism" in Kenya. The U.S. Embassy last month reminded its citizens of the threat of terrorism.