21 February 2013

Kenya: Meru Farmer Stumbles On Colonial Bomb Device

Police officers in Timau area, Buuri District, Meru County, have detonated a 16-millimetre bomb device from a private farm. The device was recovered by farmer John Muraguri as he cultivated his land. It is suspected to have been left behind by colonial settlers many years ago.

Meru deputy police boss Joel Chebii said the explosive was removed from the farm. "The farm was initially known as KTDA and the bomb was detonated by 10 engineers from the Nanyuki army barracks. The shells are held at the facility as cartridges," said Chebii.

He thanked residents for alerting police and asked those who find similar devices to alert police immediately. "Once they are recovered, they are detonated procedurally and none has exploded in the arms of the public. We have held security trainings and the public are enlightened on what to do once they come across such devices," said Chebii.

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