By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Monday, August 17, 2020.
An Insulin Pump mistaken for an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has forced an emergency evacuation of staffers in one of Cameroon’s top ministries, Monday August 17, 2020, officials say.
Officials at the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms (MINFOPRA) in Yaoundé, capital of the Central African country said the outcome was a frisson of fear and panic.
A worker at the Ministry who witnessed the incident said he fled his office uncontrollably with two of his colleagues. He also confirmed zero causality.
The Ministry’s building hosts over 100 civil servants.
A National Telegraph secret stringer in the Ministry on Monday confirmed the incident but dismissed the presence of IED.
State broadcaster, CRTV also confirmed the panic and reported a scan was run on the device before it was confirmed to be an insulin pump.
“After evacuation of the building of the Ministry of Public Service, a scan was run on the parcel suspected to be a locally made explosive and it was discovered that it is an insulin pump,” CRTV reported on Twitter.
Security officials displayed to the public the insulin pump removed from a carton in the Ministry on Monday, National Telegraph gathered.
There have been at least five minor explosions in the capital in the last two months, according to security reports, including a recent one last Friday where two people were seriously injured in Mokolo, a locale in the capital.