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Terror scare near Odeon Cinema over metal box left unattended – VIDEO

Security was intensified at the Latema Road-Tom Mboya street junction in Nairobi when a metal box was found at the entrance of the Odeon Cinema building yesterday.

Security guards told the Nation that their night colleague found the box on the veranda when he left the building around 5am.

“The old box had a new padlock. We could not trace the owner even when we asked around. After minutes of tension, a group of us moved it away to the road,” one of the guards said.

Shop attendants watched the box from far but passers-by, oblivious of the dangers they were exposing themselves to, milled around it.

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Some took photos while others talked animatedly until police officers arrived at the scene.

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Mr John Munene, a matatu route supervisor at the Lopha Sacco stage, said security agents arrived around 9am.

“They cordoned off the area from 10am and took the box away at noon,” Mr Munene said.

The caretaker of the building declined to say what the security cameras recorded.

Police have requested the footage.

A package with an explosive went off outside the same building on Saturday evening, seriously injuring two people.

Security officials are still looking for the individuals who placed the explosive in the area.

The motive of the attack is yet to be established.