Probe on as explosives go missing
(NationMedia.com) Police are searching for a consignment of bomb-making materials that disappeared while on transit to Uganda a month ago.
The 30 tons of Ammonium nitrate and 10 cartons of electronic detonators disappeared somewhere between Mombasa and Uganda on or about September 11 and 15.
It is feared that the explosives could have been stolen.
The crew of the transport company ferrying the cargo are yet to explain the circumstances under which the explosives disappeared.
Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit detectives were put on high alert after the two lorries that were transporting the explosives arrived in Uganda empty.
Uganda police arrested the transport company’s crew and held them for three weeks before handing them over to the Kenya Anti Terrorism Police Unit.
The suspects were scheduled to appear in court yesterday but did not.
Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe confirmed the loss and the arrest of the suspects but said details of the incident were yet to be established.
Ammonium nitrate is commonly used in agriculture as a high-nitrogen fertiliser, but has also been used as an oxidising agent in explosives.
The chemical is used as an oxidizing agent to make an explosive mixture when combined with diesel or kerosene.
Similar mixtures have been used for manufacturing bombs used in terrorist attacks such as the Oklahoma City bombing.
Ammonium nitrate can also be mixed with aluminuim powder to increase the blast power of explosives used in underwater demolitions and for rock blasting.
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