• So concerned were the villagers that two children were dispatched to the homestead of a retired military officer about kilometres away since calls to his phone went unanswered, to come and ascertain its identity.

• The DCI Bomb experts will detonate the bomb today.

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Detectives from the Forensic Bomb Disposal and Harzadous materials unit have taken possession of an 84mm mortar bomb that was discovered by a farmhand in Kigumo Murang’a county.

The discovery of the bomb brought Ngonda village to a standstill, as bemused villagers milled around the object some claiming it was a missile, while others claimed that it was an overgrown arrowroot.

So concerned were the villagers that two children were dispatched to the homestead of a retired military officer about kilometers away since calls to his phone went unanswered, to come and ascertain its identity.

Police arrived there minutes later and confirmed the object was an 84mm mortar bomb.

The dangerous military ordinance was most likely left behind by the British forces at the height of the Mau Mau uprising in 1953, when sections of Mt Kenya and Aberdare forests suffered aerial bombardment, to flush out Mau Mau fighters.

The DCI Bomb experts will detonate the bomb today.

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