An explosive device that children were playing with in Kagugube Kampala blasted injuring 5 members of the family.
Kampala metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire revealed that the device was sent in a package that contained second hand clothes sent from Dubai.
Police at Wandegeya are currently investigating an incident where an explosive ordnance blasted and injured five people.
It is alleged that on the 24/12/2021at about 1500/c at Industrial Zone Kagugube Central Division in Kampala City,
“Jennifer Birungi’s daughter Katusiime was given second hand clothes by a friend only identified as Anita, who is in Dubai.Owoyesigire said
The complainant, Birungi, said as they sorted the clothes in their home yard, they saw a metallic bottle with a blue colour and suspected it to be an explosive.”
Owoyesigire added that
“One Poni Elizabeth (grand daughter),threw it in the dust bin but Vanessa(grand daughter) secretly removed it from the bin and brought it back to the house. At about 2100hrs Vanessa started playing with it, opened it and eventually it exploded injuring five people in the house.”
The Victims have been identified as Jennifer Birungi, 45, a KCCA cleaner, and resident of Industrial Zone Kagugube Central Division in Kampala City. Others are Harriet Kabasinguzi, 25, Poni Elizabeth, 1, Nakandi Mitchell, 2, and a daughter to Kabasinguzi, Vanessa Birungi, 10, a granddaughter to Birungi.
Police now says they are investigating the incident with the view of identifying the exact origin of the explosive ordnance.
“Our task team has recovered pieces of the explosive, which have been submitted to experts for analysis. “Owoyesigire said
The five victims are currently admitted at the National Referral Hospital at Mulago for treatment.
The police has now urged the public to report any items that look suspicious to the relevant authorities for safe handling.
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