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Five Killed In Metal Scrap Explosion :: Uganda Radionetwork

Five Killed In Metal Scrap Explosion

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Five people were today killed in an explosion at Ayami Internally Displaced People's Camp in Aromo Sub-county, in Lira district.
The area member of parliament, Charles Angiro, says the five people were killed when a piece of metal scrap they were selling to Susan Masaba, a scrap dealer exploded.
Angiro suspects the scrap may have contained low-intensity explosive material.
Some of the victims have been identified as Moses Olele, Moses Oteny; both scrap sellers, and a 5-year-old child.
The driver of the truck on which the scrap metals were being loaded was beaten up and killed by the furious residents.
Bomb detection and disposal squad personnel from Lira visited the scene of explosion, but it was not yet clear whether the explosion was caused by a bomb.
With poor conditions of living in the camps, many IDP's are forced to look for alternative sources of income.
Scrap metal has become one of the lucrative businesses, despite warnings by local and international aid agencies, cautioning people against picking metals in the formerly war ravaged areas.
A kilogram of metal scrap costs 100 shillings.

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