Looting after JKIA fire
09 August 2013, 07:52
Nairobi - Officials investigating the massive
airport fire that gutted the arrival hall at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, said
on Thursday that first responders stole electronics and money from an ATM.
Another official said that
police guarding the site overnight attempted to a take a safe from a
bank in the burned-out arrivals hall, which also houses several foreign
currency exchange shops.
All four officials who described the
alleged looting are close to the investigation. They insisted on
anonymity because they weren't authorised to share the information
before the investigation is complete.
The fire-fighting response
to Wednesday's inferno was criticised as slow and inadequate, but the
officials could not definitely say the looting was carried out by
One official said there was now behind-the-scenes finger
pointing taking place between the police, fire department and army.
Another official said specialised police units had attempted to steal
the safe overnight.
The criminal investigations policeman for the
airport, Joseph Ngisa, said he hasn't received formal complaints of
theft and that police are waiting for affected institutions to report
what they lost in the fire.
Police officers who guard the entrance
to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport are well known for
demanding bribes from taxi drivers and other vehicles.
International flights, meanwhile, resumed on Thursday as officials improvised immigration and luggage routines.
The FBI have joined the team investigating the cause of
the fire. One of the security officials who spoke to AP said the
investigation had ruled out terrorism and was now trying to determine if
the fire was intentional or accidental.