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Sh1.3bn heroin ship blown up 10 miles off Mombasa

The ship that brought in close to 373.8kg of heroin worth about Sh1.3 billion being destroyed on August 29, 2014 together with its deadly cargo 10 miles off Mombasa. A ship suspected to be carrying ammunition or narcotics could be destroyed. FILE PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP
The ship that brought in close to 373.8kg of heroin worth about Sh1.3 billion being destroyed on August 29, 2014 together with its deadly cargo 10 miles off Mombasa. A ship suspected to be carrying ammunition or narcotics could be destroyed. FILE PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The ship that brought in close to 400 kilogrammes of heroin in Mombasa was destroyed Friday afternoon together with its deadly cargo.

In the Kenya Navy-led operation that was witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and top security and anti-narcotic officials, the ship was sunk into the sea with 370.8kg of heroin worth about Sh1.3 billion.

The initial amount was 373.8kg but three kilos of the substance was taken away to the Government Chemist for further analysis.

The ship, known as Al Noor, was sunk at a zone known as Delta-16 which is designated for disposal of explosives within Kenya's territorial waters, blowing it up at 4.08pm.

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