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Kenya Leader: No Sign of Terrorism in Airport Fire

President Uhuru Kenyatta, middle, points as he views the fire damage at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, with Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, Nairobi,  Aug. 7, 2013.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, middle, points as he views the fire damage at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, with Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, Nairobi, Aug. 7, 2013.
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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says there is no evidence of terrorist involvement in Wednesday's massive fire at Nairobi's international airport.

"There was no element of a terror incident in this fire," he said. "There is no evidence of an explosion or an improvised explosive device.  This was basically a fire."

Investigation of the blaze is continuing, and Kenyatta told reporters Friday that foreign agencies are helping with the probe.

He also said airport security has been revamped, with all security agencies serving the facility now coming under the command of one senior officer.

Firefighters spent several hours battling the blaze Wednesday in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's international terminal, which was heavily damaged. The facility, one of the busiest in East Africa, serves more than five million passengers a year.

Most flights had resumed by Friday, with international passengers being routed through temporary or domestic terminals.

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by: William Norman
August 10, 2013 11:12 AM
No sign of terrorism but it is a sign of poor government management of government institutions as well as negligence on public safety measures in the country.Where in the world an International Airport burns down to ashes from a small ignited fire that caused massive destructions? Shouldn't an International Airport have it's own fire department? Where the tax payers money go to? I forgot, Kenyan politicians raised their salaries and the tax payers money go to their campaigns!

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