The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Alarm As Gadget With Red Flag Found Floating On Likoni Beach

Police officers and Kenya Navy bomb experts were yesterday still examining a device that was found floating on Shell-beach Likoni Mombasa to determine whether it was an explosive or a heavy communication gadget.

The yesterday morning incident attracted a huge crowd including the fishermen who were operating at the site. "We found a shining equipment floating near the sea shore with a red flag hanging and we informed the police who arrived at the scene immediately," said 42-years-old Athman Juma.

The Navy officer, who arrived at the scene with their newly acquired explosive detector van, took away the material hastily as police officers cordoned off . This comes barely two days after the US Embassy alerted its citizens and officials to vacate the Kenyan Coast for fear of terror attack. Police however dismissed earlier reports that the instrument would have been dangerous as earlier on believed by members of the public.

Likoni OCPD Abagamaro Guyo said the gadget was a communication tool used by marine researchers. "It's not a serious gadget as such. We looked at it at as we think it might have dropped from of these marine researchers in the high seas. We have handed it over top Kenya navy who are going to come up with more details," said Guyo

Police are on high alert especially at the Coast after they arrested two Iranians in Nairobi whose entry into the Country remains unclear. Last Thursday police seized a 15kg of white powder along Mama Ngina drive near Mombasa golf club. The powder is believed to be used to assemble explosives. The two Iranians who led with the discovery of the powder are still under interrogations and yet to be deported, our were efforts for comments from head of Anti-terrorism Police Unit boss (ATPU) Njiru Mwaniki were futile as he said that he was on leave.

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