Bomb picOn Monday morning parts of Gaborone’s CBD (Central Business District) were cordoned off after members of the bomb squad searched for a device following a tip-off phone call.

According to Assistant Police Commissioner Kabo Marage they had received a phone call saying that a bomb had been planted in the BITC (Botswana Investment and Trade Centre) headquarters building.

Despite restricting the public’s movements for several hours nothing was discovered.

In Ghetto meanwhile business was brought to a halt at two shopping malls on Monday afternoon following a bomb scare which sent scores of shoppers and employees running for their lives.

After close to three hours of intensively combing through the malls and cordoning off business complexes from the public, a squad of 22 officers from the Botswana Police service and BDF (Botswana Defence Force) declared the bomb scare a hoax.

Immediately after the search, explosives expert Superintendent Kegakgametse Pelaelo advised workers at Galo Mall to exercise extreme caution as they went back to their places of work to wind up their business.

“We did not find anything harmful. Therefore we render the mall safe for now. However, I urge you all to be on high alert.

Not to kick or bounce any object which you are not sure of. Make sure only the right people enter your officesor shops as you go back to lock up.

If you suspect anything or anyone call the police,”advised the senior bomb technician.

Meanwhile Botswana Police Officer Commanding of No. 1 District Senior superintendent Kobedi Dintwe revealedthat they received an anonymous call at around three o’clock in the afternoon.

“Informingus a bomb had been planted in the two malls and would explode in 30 minutes.

Thecaller said the bomb had been planted in Stanbic bank,” said Dintwe.

As of yesterday (Wednesday) Senior Superintendent Dintwe was not in the office to shed light on any progress they had madein apprehending the culprits responsible for the prank.

“I don’t think I will be back in the office at your earliest convenience today. Neither can I comment on the investigations over the phone,” Dintwe said.

Bomb pic

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  1. cheerful 2014/05/11

    “The caller said the bomb had been planted in Stanbic bank,” said Dintwe.” – SIC
    probably it was an intention to raid the bank SIC SIC the person must be SIC

  2. mawilas 2014/05/16

    Oneday re a go bolawa ke batho. Kante mme gone whats influencing these threats?

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