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Improvised explosive device detonated in Nairobi

16 December 2014, 08:16

Nairobi - Bomb experts successfully detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted at a terminus in a residential estate in Nairobi on Monday.

Starehe divisional police commander Baraza Wabomba said the experts have launched investigations into the origin of the IED that was found planted on the roadside at Mlango Kubwa area on the outskirts of Nairobi.

"The device was taken away for safe detonation and analysis. We were alerted by good people in the area," Wabomba told journalists at the scene.

The IED incident caused panic in the residential area and news came after Al-Shabaab had warned that they were planning a series of attacks on Kenya during festive season. Some key roads were closed for some hours on Monday as experts from Bomb Disposal Unit arrived there to safely carry away the IED.

Also read: IED's used in twin detonations: Police

Wabomba said they are yet to know those who planted the device there and that they were alerted by the public who saw a freshly dug area. "The device was found near where another one had been found earlier this year in the wake of increasing IEDs," he added.

The police commander said they are yet to know the origin of the device. The officers who took the device away later said the device was harmless.

The incident caused a huge traffic jam along the busy road as police intensified their search for more explosives in the nearby Eastleigh area, where residents have complained of being harassed by the police over terror claims.

Wabomba said security had been stepped up and appealed to the residents to be extra vigilant and take security measures seriously, regardless of their status in society.

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