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30kg ‘suspicious’ package at Canadian embassy had visa forms

"The measures were precautionary because no one knew what was contained in the parcel," he said/CFM NEWS

“The measures were precautionary because no one knew what was contained in the parcel,” he said/CFM NEWS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 16 – A suspicious parcel delivered to the Canadian High Commission caused a scare Thursday morning leading to an emergency evacuation.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet told Capital FM News that the 30 kilogram parcel was later safely opened and found to be containing visa application forms.

“There is no cause for alarm at all; the parcel has been opened safely and found to have visa forms,” the police chief told Capital FM News on telephone, after social media went wild with reports of a bomb scare.

He said the parcel was delivered at the High Commission by Fedex but staff got concerned “because they were not expecting it, prompting them to call police who moved in quickly and ordered an evacuation.”

“The measures were precautionary because no one knew what was contained in the parcel,” he said.

A section of Limuru Road was closed temporarily for safety reasons as sniffer dogs and bomb disposal unit experts moved in to ascertain the contents of the parcel.

IG Boinnet said the embassy had resumed normal operations and there was no cause for alarm.

Earlier, Nairobi Police Japheth Koome said they were taking all precautions to secure the premises but declined to give further details.

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