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Boy’s Hand ‘Shattered’ as Explosive Hits Primary School in Kawempe

Police Counter Terrorism experts are examining shrapnel from an explosive that injured two kids at a school in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb on Thursday morning.

“Today at 07:30am, an explosion occurred at Mother Care Bright School Maganjo in Primary Seven classroom,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, C/ASP Luke Oweyesigire.

“Only two Pupils identified as Ashraf Igembe, 13, and Ronitah Namakula, 13 were confirmed injured and rushed to Mulago hospital for treatment.”

Owoyesigire said the boy’s hand was “shattered as a result of the explosion” and the girl’s eye is “slightly injured.”

Cases of explosives going off in Kampala are very rare.

However, police have previously recovered improvised explosives in the metropolitan area.

Owoyesigire said the cause of injuries to the school kids “was as a result of playing with unidentified item which is yet to be established by Police Experts from Bomb squad.”

He added: “We have also established that the unidentified object was brought into the school by Abdul Kasoozi, 12, also a pupil after he picked it yesterday on his way home and later carried it to school today.”


Oweyesigire said the experts have “picked the fragments for further analysis and investigation.”

Officers will establish the source and nature of the explosive.

It’s yet to be decided if this was an act of terrorism.

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