Bomb found in Kianyaga church shortly before mass
KENYA: Panic gripped Kianyaga Catholic Church after an explosive device was discovered hidden near one of the doors.
The bomb was discovered by Simon Kamanja, an usher, at about 6.30am as he made early morning rounds in the church.It is a routine for the ushers from the church to do checks before opening the doors to the faithful. Mr Kamanja, who entered the church through the minor door, said he heard a ticking sound from his metal detector on reaching the main door. “At first I thought it was the keys which were in the pocket that made the detector to flicker. But I asked myself how this could happen with my trouser pockets above the knees while the detector was below that level,” he said.
SEE ALSO :Suicide car bomber kills at least threeThe mass conducted by local priest, Father Simon Kanji, lasted about one hour. John Mundia, a night guard who was on duty until 5.45am yesterday, expressed shock after he was recalled from home after the device was discovered. Mundia said he had just settled to have his breakfast when Fr Kanji summoned him to the church. “As far as I can remember, I did not see anyone by the time I left the compound though there is one door which is normally left open for the usher on duty,” he said. Gichugu MP Njogu Barua, who also worships at the church, said that those behind the incident were out to create fear and panic among the faithful.
SEE ALSO :Catholic church beatifies 19 Christians‘’I do not comprehend how an outsider could have accessed the inner door into the church,’’ he said. County Commissioner Erastus Ekidor urged locals to help law enforcing arrest those behind the crime. Yesterday’s incident was the fifth in the county this year.