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Did Murang’a Residents Confuse a Mortar Bomb for Arrow Root?

Panic rocked Ngonda village in Kigumo, Murang’a County after a mortar bomb was discovered in the area. 

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), a farmhand was tilling the land when he discovered the weapon. 

“Luckily, the area chief got wind of the discovery and called detectives based at Ngonda police station in Kigumo, who responded immediately,” DCI wrote on Twitter. 

As the detectives made their way to the scene, locals gathered around the bomb with some arguing that it was an overgrown arrowroot. 

“So concerned were the villagers that two children were dispatched to the homestead of a retired military officer 3 kilometers away since calls to his phone went unanswered, to come and ascertain whether it was truly a ‘Karobosta’ as claimed by a majority,” the DCI added. 

Detectives from DCI’s Forensics Bomb Disposal and Hazardous materials unit responded immediately and identified the same as an 84mm mortar bomb. 

The DCI clarified that the bomb was most likely left behind by the British forces during the Mau Mau uprising in 1953. 

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DCI said British soldiers used such weapons flush out Mau Mau fighters.

DCI Headquarters along Kiambu Road PHOTO/COURTESY

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