Friday, August 22, 2008

(HERALD) Police station bombed

Police station bombed
Crime Reporter

Police recovered two unexploded bombs on the first floor of the CID Headquarters at Harare Central Police Station after a bomb detonated at the station on Saturday night. Chief spokesperson Senior Assistant Commi-ssioner Wayne Bvudzijena said the Zimbabwe National Army Bomb Disposal Unit recovered the bombs from the first floor of the old wing which now houses the CID.

On the floor are several offices, including those of the Homicide Section, which deals with cases such as murder and armed robbery and is responsible for hunting down hardcore criminals.

Snr Asst Comm Bvudzijena said the first bomb, which exploded at around 6:45pm on Saturday, damaged 13 offices at the police station.

According to forensic experts, the bomb had been placed in a kitchen, which bore the brunt of the explosion. No one was injured in the blast, said Snr Asst Comm Bvudzijena.

He said the Police Forensic Section and the Army Bomb Disposal Unit yesterday combed the area and recovered the fragments of the detonated explosive and two live bombs.

"Also recovered were pieces of safe fuse used to detonate the bomb," Snr Asst Comm Bvudzijena said. He said investigations were still continuing.

Snr Asst Comm Bvudzijena also commended the Harare Fire Brigade, Police Canine Section and the ZNA Bomb Disposal Unit for their swift response to the blast.

Yesterday morning, Inez Terrace and Kenneth Kaunda Avenue had been sealed off while armed troops helped guard the building.

Forensic experts were still searching for more clues while the Harare Fire Brigade was on standby as detectives searched the area to make sure that there were no other explosives.

Among security chiefs who inspected the site yesterday were Defence Forces Commander General Constantine Chiwenga and Police Deputy Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga.

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