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Kenyas securities questioned over airport looting

From Agence France Press
Scene of the Kenya Airport's fire
Scene of the Kenya Airport's fire

Police officers and airport workers are being questioned over suspected acts of looting during last week’s fire at Kenya’s International Airport.

Agence France Press quoting investigators said: “Some of the acts had been caught on security cameras.”

Items reportedly stolen include cash, alcohol, among others valuables.

The cause of Wednesday, August 7, 2013 fire at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has not been determined.

According to the news agency, President Uhuru Kenyatta has ruled out terrorism, but warned that those responsible would be punished.

“It is embarrassing, because some of them concentrated on looting, instead of raising alarms,” Agence France Press quotes one investigator as saying.

“Seven Police officers, including an Inspector, are being questioned over suspected looting.”

“We are questioning all of them, be it police officers, Immigration Staff, civilians who work in other areas and even taxi drivers,” the news agency also added.

Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reported that the suspects could appear in court Monday. The fire reportedly lasted about four hours to come under control by which time the Arrival Hall had been gutted.

The airport is a regional hub, serving more than 16,000 passengers daily and its closure caused widespread disruption.

President Kenyatta also said: “There was no element of terror, no evidence of explosions, or improvised explosive devices in the incident.”

“Those responsible for negligence will have to be punished,” he further noted. 


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