Kenya police seize arms

March 4, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – Police have intercepted 150 live ammunitions stuffed in a consignment of bibles which were headed to Southern Sudan.

The ammunitions were intercepted in a luggage belonging to an Evangelist who operates in Southern Sudan and were being transported by a local courier firm, according to police.

A senior police officer has told Capital News the ammunitions were concealed in a consignment of 100 bibles after a thorough security check at the Wilson Airport.

“We are puzzled by the new find, even religious leaders are now involved in this business of arms deals. It’s amazing,” a senior police officer who spoke to Capital News on condition of anonymity said.

It is not clear where the preacher (whom we can not name for legal reasons) acquired the ammunitions from but police said they believe he got them from one of the European countries and were destined for Juba in Southern Sudan.

The cargo containing the ammunitions had been transported to Kenya through the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) from Europe and was said to have passed through various international airports which have more sophisticated security checks than Kenya.

And even when the cargo arrived at the JKIA on Sunday, it was not detected as containing ammunitions until when the consignment was being cleared at the Wilson airport where they were discovered.

Another senior officer told Capital News authorities at the Police Headquarters were seeking the help of the International Police (Interpol) to help track down the preacher.

“We have established that the preacher is not in Kenya, he must be somewhere in Europe or some other country out there. That is why we want the Interpol to help us get him,” another officer familiar with the ongoing investigation said.
“The matter is now with the Interpol,” the source said.

Police had also seized importation documents and certificates from the courier service which was transporting the consignment which only disclosed that the contents were bibles.


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