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Farmer finds unexploded bomb in his land

26 March 2013, 18:09 Ngarae Elias

Panic gripped Kihari village in Murang’a County after a farmer found an unexploded bomb while tilling his land near Aberdare forest.

The explosive is believed to be among those used by colonialists in their war against the Mau Mau insurgents about 60 years ago.

Bomb experts from the military summoned to the village in Mathioya district detonated the bomb as curious residents watched from a safe distance.

The farmer who found the explosive was preparing his land for planting, alerting the area chief who then informed the police.

The police arrived at the scene moments later and secured the scene by ordering members of the public to keep out of the area.

Murang’a North police boss Christopher Mshimba urged people living near Aberdare forest and elsewhere in the county to be extra careful once they find strange-looking metallic objects.

“People should be extra cautious whenever they come across rusty metallic objects as they could be dangerous to them. We are happy that residents in such risky areas have been cooperative as they alert the authorities once they come across such suspicious materials,” Mshimba said.

Explosive devices have in the past been found in several other areas of the county which was a key battleground during the Mau Mau war.

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