Foreign sleuths join Moi Avenue probe

May 29, 2012 8:40 am


Foreign investigators joined Kenyan sleuths at Monday's blast site on Moi Avenue/ MIKE KARIUKI
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 29 – Foreign investigators have joined the probe of Monday’s explosion at a building on Moi Avenue where 38 people were wounded.

The investigators went to the scene on Tuesday morning in the company of local police who are sifting through the debris for evidence.

Sources say the investigators are from America but Police headquarters has declined to comment on the foreign sleuths.

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere has said they are looking for a man said to have placed a bag in one of the shops at Assandand’s Building where the attack occurred.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga branded Monday’s blast a “terrorist” attack and police said it was most probably caused by a homemade bomb after initially blaming a possible electrical fault.

“We are carrying on with the investigation but so far we have not made any arrest,” Nairobi’s deputy police chief Moses Nyakwama said.

“We are pursuing information that there is a person who went and placed a bag in one of the shops and that is where the explosion went off,” he said.

Kenyan investigators and a colleague thought to be an American investigator at Assanands Building on Tuesday morning/ MIKE KARIUKI

“We have the description of that person; officers are piecing together information that will help get him and the people he may have worked with.”
Nyakwama said the number of people wounded by the explosion, which ripped the tin roof off a complex of small stores, has risen to 38.

The scene of the blast on Nairobi’s Moi Avenue has been cordoned off as police sift through the debris in the burned-out shops.


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