, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – Investigations are being conducted on the origin of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that was found planted on the roadside at Mlango Kubwa area.
According to the Police, Juja Road was closed for hours on Monday morning, as experts from the Bomb Disposal Unit removed the IED for investigation.
“We are diverting all traffic from Juja Road as we try to ascertain the origin of the device. No vehicle is being allowed to pass through the area and the bomb experts have been called in to deal with the situation,” Nairobi traffic Commandant Edward Mwamburi said.
Mwamburi said that they were alerted by the public, who saw it in a freshly dug area.
Police spokeswoman Zipporah Mboroki indicated that the device was a dummy which had been placed there by who she described as a professional.
“The device was an exact replica of an IED. It however was not an IED. It did not have wires or any other structures of an IED but it was identical to it,” she said.
She pointed out that they are yet to know who planted the device.
The device was found near where another one had been found earlier this year in the wake of increasing IEDs.
The officers carried it away for disposal as a crowd surged there.
Juja Road has now been re-opened up to traffic after police carried away a device suspected to be an IED.
Motorists had been blocked from using the road as Bomb Disposal Unit examined the device which was later removed for further investigations.