Fishers catch both motor bombs in southwestern Kenya

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On Wednesday, fear gripped fishermen at Mbita beach in Homa Bay, southwestern Kenya, after six motor bombs were found in Lake Victoria.

According to Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), a group of fishermen cast their nets in the lake hoping for a good catch. When they began pulling their gears out, the traps became heavy, and they suspected a huge catch.

In excitement, they joined hands and pulled out the net.

“They exclaimed in satisfaction. The fishermen beamed with excitement at the thought that they had caught a large Nile Perch, that would fetch a handsome pay at the local fishmongers’ market. In celebration, they downed their paddles on the floor of the boat and joined hands in hauling their heavy net back to the craft,” reads part of the DCI report.

They discovered they had caught a heavy metallic box instead of the expected Nile perch, to their surprise. They broke the box and found six 60mm mortar bombs.

Fearing for their lives, two fishermen jumped into the hippo-infested waters. However, the remaining three fishermen steered the boat ashore and reported the matter to the beach management chairman Isaiah Ouko who informed Mbita-based detectives.

Kisumu Bomb Disposal and Hazardous Materials were informed, who rushed to the scene and took possession of the cache.

The detectives are probing how the bombs found their way to the lake.

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