Mombasa, KENYA: Police in Mtwapa,Kilifi county on Friday launched investigations after they uncovered a quantity of deadly weapons inside a dumpsite.
The deadly weapons include 101 ammunition and 4 shoulder propelled grenades,found stashed in the ground in Uwanja wa Mbuzi area adjacent to apartments,a source aware of investigations told Baraka FM on phone.
It is alleged that a man who was smoking cigarette in the dumpsite threw a cigarette which later burnt the polythene bags; leading to a huge fire in the dumpsite. It caused explosion in the area attracting attention.
The alleged man then alerted the officers in the 5:30 am incident who visited the area and discovered the weapons.
Kilifi county commissioner Joseph Keter confirmed to reporters during a press briefing at Mtwapa police station that the man was assisting in investigations.
He disputed claims that the weapons might have been hidden to cause harm in the densely populated Mtwapa; saying the weapons might have been left by colonialists in the 1958.
“We can see they have stayed here for long,you can see even they have rusted. We believe they have been here since 1960s,”said the county commissioner.
He said 26 rounds of ammunition burnt completely and 85 rounds remained intact.
Bomb experts from Mombasa headquarters had already visited the area and were seen at the station examining the weapons.
Keter said the remnants will be forwarded to ballistic experts at CID headquarters in Nairobi for further examination.