The Rwenzori Region Police Commander, Peter Nkulega wondered how a whole community would be thrown into panic because of rumors. He assured residents that their area is secure, adding that those who have fled their homes should return.
Today, he still recalls a sudden loud explosion hovering over the rugby grounds. He thought it was failed fireworks, But when the second explosion went off, he struggled to breathe. He could not walk, his neighbour was wailing, hundreds were scampering for their lives. This is the moment it dawned on him that the grounds were under attack. The explosion has ripped through the park, killing scores of revellers.
John Stephen Ekoom, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner, explains that the attackers are not Congolese government soldiers as earlier alleged. He says that the gangs operate along the shores of Lake Albert.