Homa Bay: Alarm as fishermen discover 6 motor bombs during expedition
Published on: March 18, 2023 02:58 (EAT)
There was alarm in Mbita, Homa Bay County, after six mortar bombs were discovered by three fishermen on an expedition close to Lake Victoria’s Ngodhe Islands.
A post on the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Saturday noted that according to fishermen spokesperson Edward Ochieng, the three had set sail as night settled on Thursday, aboard a mortar-powered fishing vessel.
"Armed with a lantern, the trio ventured into the still waters in the hope of a handsome catch of omena. The fishermen cast their nets into the still waters and lit up the lantern; the boat sailed with ease towards Ngodhe when their net suddenly became heavier than usual," the post said.
One fisherman thought it was a huge catch of mbuta and they joined in hauling the heavy net back to the boat.
However, they discovered that they had caught six heavy pieces of metal resembling bombs and only a half-full gorogoro of omena.
Fearing for their lives, two jumped into the waters, leaving their counterpart to figure out his next course of action.
"He however managed to steer the boat ashore and reported the incident to the beach management chairman, who escalated the matter to DCI detectives based at Mbita," the DCI said.
The two who plunged into the water swam to safety.
The 80mm bombs were taken to Mbita Subcounty Police Headquarters, awaiting disposal by Bomb Disposal and Hazardous Materials detectives based in Kisumu city.
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