Explosive device discovered in Bots

ian_khamaThe Botswana Police Service is investigating an incident in which at 0830hrs, an explosive device was discovered at the car park behind the Office of the President. (Pictured: Botswana President Ian Khama)

This discovery immediately followed a surveillance alert that resulted in the swift mobilisation of emergency response by Police and other Security stakeholders who attended to the matter in accordance with in place emergency procedures.

The scene was quickly secured with people being evacuated from the adjacent offices. The device was safely detonated at the scene of its discovery with no resulting injury.

The Botswana Police Service wishes to inform members of the public that thorough investigations are ongoing to determine amongst others, the nature and origin of the device.

We also wish to reassure members of the public that the situation has thus been contained.

We further wish to appeal to the public to be vigilant. Should they see any suspicious device or circumstance they should exercise caution while immediately bringing their suspicion to the attention of the nearest Police or Public authority.

Finally we wish to thank affected members of the public for their calm and cooperation in assisting us in dealing with today’s event.

While investigations are continuing there will be limits to what further information may be divulged. We shall, however, strive to release such further information as we can, and when it is appropriate to do so. In the meantime we would appeal to all members of the public to continue to exercise restraint.

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