The Star (Nairobi)

29 March 2014

Kenya: Tractor Digs Out Live Bomb At Baringo Farm

An explosive was found yesterday at the Farmers Training Centre in Eldama- Ravine, Koibatek subcounty of Baringo county. Farmers taking agriculture lessons and workers at the centre spotted the bomb, which was dug out by a tractor cultivating the farm.

The bomb is believed to have been planted there during the colonial period. Koibatek subcounty police boss Bernard Kibe identified the explosive as a mortar bomb.

"The workers at the farm must have been lucky to have rotationally cultivated the land for several years without stumbling on the deadly weapon that could have caused a robust explosion," he said. Kibe called on military experts to remove the weapon , adding that police officers are already protecting the area to avoid interference.

He cautioned residents against tampering with such gadgets and asked them to report finds to the relevant authorities so that necessary action can be taken.

Elsewhere, Saimo-Soi ward representative Richard Kampala has asked the military to remove explosives left by recruits during their training at Loruk and Kampi ya Samaki plains in Baringo North. Kampala said three children have been killed by grenades and two youths left with permanent injuries.

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