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Police question Multimedia University student over bomb-like device

Police have refuted claims on social media that a student was arrested while assembling an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the Multimedia University.

Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome however admitted that there was a scare at the University when the motherboard of a laptop and a capacitor – which the student was working on for an academic project – were recovered.

SUSPICIOUS DEVICE

“We were called by the University and informed that there was a suspicious device in the institution and so we sought the intervention of the Bomb Disposal Unit who confirmed that the equipment was not harmful and had no explosives whatsoever,” Mr Koome told Nairobi News.

He added that the police picked the device for testing before the owner was known.

PROJECT STOLEN

When the student arrived at the institution later, he went to the University’s administartors to report that his project had been stolen.

“He is still being questioned because apart from causing panic, we also want to ascertain that he did not have an intention to devise anything harmful,” Mr Koome said.

He asked members of the public to desist from circulating images meant to cause panic and alarm among the public, saying that some images that had been shared online were not from the incident.