By Prossy Namiiro
A suspected grenade explosion has occurred and left five people injured and admitted at Mulago hospital.
According to a police statement by the Kampala Metropolitan Area Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Oweyesigire, the blast happened at Industrial Zone Kagugube Central Division in Kampala City on December 24.
“Jennifer Birungi’s daughter Katusiime was given second hand clothes by a friend only identified as Anita, who is in Dubai.
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 . One Poni Elizabeth thegrand daughter, threw it in the dust bin but Vanessa another grand daughter secretly removed it from the bin and brought it back to the house,” Luke said
Oweyesigire added that at about 2100hrs, 10 year Vanessa started playing with it and in the process opened it and this led to the explosion that injured five people in the house.
Police identified Victims as Jennifer Birungi, 45, a KCCA cleaner, and resident of Industrial Zone Kagugube Central Division in Kampala City, Harriet Kabasinguzi, 25, Poni Elizabeth, 1, Nakandi Mitchell, 2, and a daughter to Kabasinguzi, Vanessa Birungi, 10, a granddaughter to Birungi.
“The incident is being investigated with the view of identifying the exact origin of the explosive ordnance. The five victims are currently admitted at the National Referral Hospital at Mulago for treatment. Our task team has recovered pieces of the explosive, which have been submitted to experts for analysis.” He continued to say.
He further appealed to members of the public to report any items that look suspicious to the relevant authorities for safe handling.