Commissioner of Police- CP Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that the public needs to be very careful with these incidents of terrorism because the attackers could also target the crowds that rush to gather at scenes.
Police has cautioned Ugandans against rushing to suspected bomb explosion scenes.
As some Ugandans mourn their relatives who perished in
the Tuesday’s twin suicide bombings in Kampala, police has come out to tell Ugandan to be careful.
Two bombs went off near the Kampala
Central Police Station (CPS) and at office of Inspector General of Police (IGG)
on Tuesday leaving seven people dead.
Although people first scampered to different directions because of explosion shock, they later returned and crowded around the two blast
scenes until other security agencies cordoned of the area at CPS and
Commissioner of Police- CP Fred Enanga, the police
spokesperson, told Uganda Radio Network (URN) today that the public needs to be very
careful with these incidents of terrorism because the attackers could also target
the crowds that rush to gather at scenes.
Enanga said people should always expect a second
explosion whenever a bomb incident goes off. Security says sometimes
terrorists detonate one blast when they have another one waiting for responders.
In case of suicide bombing, security say another
bomber could disguise as one of the rescuers and in the process more people
could be killed. Enanga advises the public to always take cover whenever something
explosive in nature goes off.
“The only way somebody can survive once a bomb goes
off, is by taking cover. Once you are down, the other spillover effects
will not injure you. They usually fly at an angle. You should look for a safe
place once the fragments have reduced but do not rush to the scene. Inform
police or other security agencies. Once a bomb has gone off, there is a chance
of a secondary device,” said Enanga.
Uganda has had three bomb blast incidents in the last
four weeks. At least nine people have lost life in the four Improvised
Explosive Devices (IEDs). One went off at a pork joint in Komamboga under
Kawempe division on October 23rd, another exploded inside Swift Bus
at Lungala in Mpigi on October 25th and the two that exploded on
Some of the nine people who have died in the four IEDs
include; Emilly Nyinaneza who died at Komamboga, Isaac Matovu the alleged
suicide bomber who died inside Swift Bus, Constable Amos Kungu and Ismail
Basibe who died in CPS explosion, Christopher Sande, who died on the spot at Parliamentary
Avenue, George Katana who died hours later after being wounded in the blast at
Other tips after a bomb blast include leaving the
building where the explosion has happened, staying away from windows and avoid
using elevators or do not light matches.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.