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Scare in Kisumu as two bags found abandoned at sports ground

By Hezron Ochiel | May 8th 2014

By Hezron Ochiel

Kisumu, Kenya: There was a bomb scare in Kisumu city when members of the public alerted the police that two bags had been left unattended at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground.

The bags that had been left unattended for more than five hours raised concern and forced residents to call the police after suspecting that they might be carrying bombs.

Police who arrived at the scene had hectic time securing the place as residents thronged the venue to have a glimpse of what was happening.

The police then blocked the busy Ang’awa Street and dispersed locals to give way for anti-terrorism police unit to detonate the suspected bombs.

Stuffed with clothes

But when the police connected some wires to the bags in readiness for detonation, they found out that the bags were stuffed with clothes and veils popular with the Somali.

‘‘It is not a coincidence the bags were stuffed with such clothes. I believe the terrorists are trying our level of preparedness,’’ said Awino.

Area OCPD Musa Kongoli said the bags had no explosives but called on the public to continue reporting such cases to the police.

‘‘What we have witnessed is high level of preparedness by our people. Our team is investigating circumstances under which the bags were abandoned,’’ he said.

According to John Otieno, an eyewitness, the bags had been lying at the scene, a few metres from the busy Ang’awa Street used by motorists to ferry passengers to the town, for a long time.

‘‘When I came at the ground, shortly after 9am, I saw the bag but I never bothered. Then an hour later I saw two people, a man and a woman come near the bag,’’ said Otieno.

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