9 August 2013

Kenya: U.S. Experts Assist Nairobi Airport Fire Probe

Two American military fire experts have arrived in Nairobi to assist in the investigation of Wednesday's fire at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Friday (August 9th).

The United States is providing immigration equipment to help the airport return to normal service, and personnel from US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the US embassy are helping Kenyan authorities.

Detectives have not yet established the cause of the fire, but they looking into whether it was accidental or set intentionally.

"There are different agencies even from out of the country involved in the probe and they are working tirelessly to come to the root cause of the fire," Secretary of Transport and Infrastructure Michael Kamau said.

The fire has provoked international interest since it fell on the 15th anniversary of co-ordinated terrorist attacks on the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998.

The news of the involvement of foreign experts came as Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired a meeting of security officials to discuss the airport fire, according to Kenya's The Standard.

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