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Mystery containers traced to Mombasa

Wednesday June 20 2012


Two containers tracked from Iraq by international police were on Wednesday traced to the yards of a container freight station (CFS) in Mombasa.

A squad from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit led by Coast commander Elijah Rop and backed by officers from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the CFS in the afternoon and isolated the containers for screening.

But the officers declined to disclose to journalists the contents of the containers.

Sources told the Nation the 20-foot containers were to be ferried to Nairobi.

According to a police officer and a source at the Kenya Revenue Authority, who cannot be named because they were not authorised to speak to the media, the containers had been tracked for several weeks before entering Mombasa port.

“The information contained in the declaration form indicated the goods are building materials but we suspect there are unusual materials in the containers We are moving carefully to ensure all procedures are followed before removing the goods from the containers,” said the officer.


He said Interpol and FBI had been tracking the cargo. They have dusted the containers for fingerprints.

“Nobody has been arrested regarding the cargo and no one has claimed them. We shall know the contents by tomorrow (Thursday) morning when all the materials are removed from the containers,” he said.

At the site, Mr Rop, who was heading the operation, declined to speak to journalists and referred them to Coast Provincial Police boss Aggrey Adoli.

When contacted, Mr Adoli remained elusive and described the operation as a routine exercise meant to “ensure all goods entering the Mombasa port are certified”.