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Kenya tears down 'illegal' upmarket mall - 8 months ago, 10 Aug 10:00

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Mechanical claws of excavators have been tearing into buildings in an upmarket area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, at the government's request.

Plush homes and shopping malls are among the 4,000 or so buildings targeted for demolition.

Among them, the Ukay Centre, housing a large supermarket and other small shops, has been reduced to rubble.

Kenya's environmental agency (Nema) says the structures are illegal, some of which have been built on wetlands.

News of the destruction of less permanent structures is more common.

Last month, the homes of about 30,000 people were demolished in a Nairobi slum to make way for a new dual carriage way.

The Ukay Centre's owners had failed to get a court injunction to save the $9m (£7m) property.

Owner Bimal Shah told the hearing he had brought his wife along "so that if I collapse, she can take me home," the Star news site reports.

Dramatic footage shows ...
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