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Fire at Nairobi West Prison leaves families homeless

NAIROBI-WEST-FIRENAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – Property of unknown value was destroyed on Sunday after a section of staff houses at the Nairobi West Prison caught fire.

Acting deputy officer in charge of the prison Meshack Momanyi says they are yet to establish the cause of the fire which left over 60 families homeless.

“Up to now we cannot says what was the cause of the fire or the exact number of people affected,” he said. “We are however investigating to determine the cause.”

The fire was later contained by fire fighters from both the County Government and the National Youth Service.

No casualties were reported during the incident.

He revealed that this was not the first time there was a fire at the quarters. “This is the third time,” he stated.

The fire was exacerbated by cooking gas cylinders that exploded.

Elsewhere, as the Usalama Watch operation gathers momentum across the country, police in Mumias, Kakamega County have recovered fake money amounting to Sh2 million.

Four suspects were arrested during the recovery following a tip-off from members of the public.

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Security has been intensified in a bid to weed out criminals, after the country was hit by a spate of terror attacks.

Through the ongoing operation, police have arrested over 3,000 suspects, recovered explosives and seen over 200 aliens deported.

The Government has vowed to continue with the operation, until security in the country is restored.


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