Devices on Kenyan highway cause panic

June 16, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 16 – There was panic in Nairobi on Wednesday after the discovery of what was initially thought to be explosive devices on the busy Nairobi-Mombasa highway.

Initial reports suggested that the devices found near General Motors were explosives, but police at the scene ruled this out, saying they were communication gadgets that had been hidden near a flyover.

“We received reports that there were gadgets which looked like a bomb, we did not want to take chances so we immediately mobilised our officers and went to the scene.  Officers from the Bomb Disposal Unit have been able to examine them and confirmed that they are not explosives,” Moses Nyakwama, Deputy Provincial Police chief for Nairobi said.

“These are communication cables which were hidden here, they are not explosives,” he told Capital News on the telephone.

There was panic across the city as numerous callers telephoned our newsroom to inquire if a bomb had been found.

Traffic flow was briefly disrupted but normal flow resumed by early afternoon on the usually busy highway.

The incident comes three days after three hand grenades were hurled at a crowd at Uhuru Park on Sunday, killing six people and injuring 104 others.

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere told a media conference on Tuesday that no suspect had been arrested in connection with Sunday\’s incident but several people had recorded statements.

The explosion occurred during a church crusade that was attended by thousands of Christian faithful.


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