Puzzle over bullet-riddled body, JKIA ‘blast’

January 17, 2014 9:25 am
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The man's bullet-riddled body was found in the back seat of the car which is said to have been seen speeding from the airport, moments after a 'blast' caused panic at JKIA/CFM
The man’s bullet-riddled body was found in the back seat of the car which is said to have been seen speeding from the airport, moments after a ‘blast’ caused panic at JKIA/CFM
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 17 – Police are investigating if the death of a man whose body was discovered in a car within Shauri Moyo estate is connected to an incident that occurred at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Thursday night.

The man’s bullet-riddled body was found in the back seat of the car which is said to have been seen speeding from the airport, moments after a ‘blast’ caused panic at JKIA.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo was quick to allay fears over the JKIA incident which he said occurred when a loose bulb fell, causing a sound that was mistaken for an explosion.

“It was not a blast at JKIA but some papers caught fire after a loose light bulb fell into a dustbin that caused panic at Java coffee shop,” Kimaiyo tweeted soon after the incident.

Although no casualties were reported, investigators from various police units, including bomb experts were called to probe the matter.

“When the loose bulb fell down it burst making an explosive sound like (sic) thus causing panic,” the police chief said on his Twitter account, and downplayed fears the incident was criminal in any way.

Detectives were dispatched to Shauri Moyo on Friday morning to dust the vehicle which is said to have been seen speeding on Mombasa road moments after the JKIA incident.

Security forces say the car was trailed but it quickly disappeared, before it was later found with the dead man inside.

Police officers who spoke to Capital FM News on Friday said the two incidents had caused alarm within security quarters.

A series of meetings are reported to have been held on Friday morning during which a directive was issued for a thorough investigation to be conducted into both incidents.

“It is not a matter that is being taken lightly until an investigation is complete. As of now, we are keen to establish if the two incidents are connected or just coincidental,” one detective said.

The incident comes after the August fire incident that razed a large section of the airport, in what was blamed on an electric fault.

The government announced soon after that tight security measures had been put in place at the airport, which is East Africa’s main travel hub.

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