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Police seek answers to apparent JKIA 'explosion'

17 January 2014, 13:28 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Police are seeking answers to an apparent blast that took place at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Thursday night.

This follows the discovery by police of a vehicle in Nairobi's Eastlands in which the body of a man of 'Somali' origin was found, having been shot at severally.

The Toyota Avensis vehicle in Shauri Moyo by detectives, a vehicle which was believed to have been involved in an incident at the JKIA's exit.

The apparent blast took place at the airport and caused alarm among staff and security personnel who have been placed on high alert following a series of potential terror threats in the country in recent weeks.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo however denied reports of an explosion on his official twitter feed, claiming that it was instead caused by a bulb that exploded in the facility.

“It was not a blast at JKIA but some papers caught fire after a loose light bulb fell into a dustbin that caused panic at Java coffee shop,” he tweeted.

" The loose bulb fell down it burst making an explosive sound like (sic) thus causing panic, he swiftly replied after queries by Kenyans on social media.

However, the reaction by the police, which was to call in the bomb squad and elite detectives raised questions over the matter, and after several rumours on social media, Kimaiyo came out guns blazing, threatening police officers with severe action if the matter was played out in the public domain.

" There will be action taken on anyone in the force spreading malicious stories about the matter, he added.

According to police reports, the vehicle found in Shauri Moyo is the same one that escaped the police road block and a source in the IG's office reiterated that the incident is being treated with the utmost care.

The incident will certainly raise questions among Kenyans over their safety, with a recent report stating that Al Shabaab militants are moving to Kenya with the view of causing havoc, as well as a number of incidents at the Coast which have caused panic among residents.

- News24

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