Following the explosion that occurred at Kwata Zone, Komamboga Ward, Kawempe Division, in the Kampala District, the security joint task teams of experts from Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Investigations have confirmed the incident as an intentional act of domestic terror.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the facts gathered clearly indicate that 3 men, disguised as customers arrived at the eating point, which belongs to Lule Samuel, at around 8.30pm. One of them was carrying a polyethene bag, containing unknown items that he placed under the table. The suspects who appeared friendly, interacted with other customers and placed more rounds of bites and drinks for them. They disappeared afterwards abandoning their package at the scene. Moments after, the explosion occurred, covering a radius of 5 square meters. This indicates that the suspects ultimately detonated the improvised explosive device, after leaving the scene.
Enanga said a total of 4 victims who were within the 5-meter radius were affected before sending the sincere condolences, to the family of the deceased, who has been identified as Nyinaneza Emily, a 20-year-old waitress who succumbed to the deep injuries on her head, back and left leg.
“The number of injured persons, has been lowered from 7 to 3, after all victims were thoroughly traced. The three include, Kiconco Annet, Nakitto Rose and Ssenyonga Peter. Both Peter and Annet are still in critical condition. Our teams have checked on them at Mulago Hospital and we wish them quick recovery. We want to thank the first responders who evacuated the victims to the nearest medical centers.” Enanga said
“The joint team of bomb experts, has established that the explosion was out of a crude device, assembled using local materials of nails and other metallic fragments. All indications suggest an act of domestic terror. We do greatly thank all persons who provided valuable tips that have given us good leads, towards the identity of the 3 culprits. The task team that comprises of experts from the Bomb Squads, Joint Intelligence, Joint Anti-Terrorism units, Kampala Metropolitan, CID and Operations, are combing a radius of 2kms from the crime scene.” He added
Meanwhile, the presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Orthodox Church (EOC) Jacinto Kibuuka has condemned the unfortunate act and appealed to the public to be extra vigilant and pray for the country.
Bishop Kibuuka who was leading the Divine Liturgy at Mamre International Prayer centre in Namugongo Janda also appealed to the public to be conscious and ensure neighborhood watch since matters of security and safety, are not a monopoly for security agencies.
He however,urged the security organs to put in more effects in keeping the country in peace and stability