Anti-terror police have launched investigations to establish whether a man found shot dead in Shauri Moyo was behind the explosion at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Thursday night.
The body of a middle aged man was found on the rear seat of an abandoned bullet-riddled vehicle at around 11pm Thursday night, about an hour after a reported explosion at the JKIA’s Unit 1.
The vehicle, a silver Toyota Avensis, was found parked at the Shauri Moyo shopping centre with both the front doors open. The rear tyres were also deflated.
Eyewitnesses told the police that two men of Somali origin alighted from the car and escaped in a motorcycle.
When police checked the car, they found the body at the rear seat in a pool of blood. Police also found a cup belonging to the Java Coffee shop inside the car, an indication that they may have visited the restaurant.
Officers from the Anti-terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) and bomb experts blew up an object that was found wrapped in the back seat next to the body of the deceased. Another copper wire was also protruding from the boot of the car.
Police are also analysing CCTV footage after reports indicated that a similar vehicle was shot at past the security barrier of the airport after the driver defied orders to stop.
The Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo had earlier reported that the blast was caused by a loose light bulb that fell, causing some fire. However, preliminary investigations pointed to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that was inside an abandoned luggage.
Elsewhere, a police officer based at Runda was on Thursday night killed when a vehicle ran over him as he was erecting a roadblock along the Ruaka-Ruiru Northern by pass.
Nairobi County Commander Benson Kibue said Constable Dishon Ngunu Muriuki died on the spot at around 8pm and that the vehicle had been detained at the police station.
The driver of the Toyota Landcruiser was questioned by the police and the matter referred to the Gigiri Traffic boss Julius Okombo. His body was dragged for about 100 metres and his AK 47 rifle was badly damaged.
On Thursday night along Eastern bypass, Administration Police officers also found the body of a middle aged man which had multiple injuries and two gunshot wounds on the left shoulder and elbow.
Police suspect that victim was killed elsewhere before his body was dumped at the scene, about 500 metres from the main road.