Police in Kampala have started investigations into circumstances under which two private vehicles were targeted with petrol bombs during traffic jam.
According to the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, the two separate incidents happened simultaneously on Thursday evening when groups of people hurled the bombs at vehicles before vanishing in thin air.
“The first incident was reported by one Mubiru Shafiq, 32, a plumber resident of Najera Kira Municipality, Wakiso District. He reported a case of arson on his motor vehicle registration number UAJ 320S Corona green in colour by unknown people along Kireka railway,” Owoyesigyire said.
He explained that preliminary investigations and CCTV cameras have indicated that the victim didn’t see the attackers but as he drove home, he noticed fire flames on his car boot and was helped by the public to extinguish the fire.
“The Police have since reviewed CCTV footages and two male juveniles were seen walking during traffic jam and then one of them is seen pouring a liquid substance on the vehicle while the other lights the fire. The police are on the hunt for these juveniles,” Owoyesigyire said.
According to police, in the second incident that happened towards Kireka police station, one Rose Kyasimire, a resident of Kira who was moving in a double cabin UAY 679D and was in traffic jam had the vehicle set on fire by unknown persons moving on a motorcycle.
Police noted that the victim alleges that while in the vehicle, she heard a loud bang on the driver’s side and immediately saw fire.
“She would immediately stop the car and the community and Police managed to take out the fire hurriedly with sand and water. A bottle suspected to have been used to hull the substance at the car has been recovered and submitted to the Government Analytical Laboratory.”
Police say they have kicked off investigations into the bomb attacks with a view of finding out the person or groups of people behind the same that they believe are well coordinated.
“We believe this was a well-coordinated attempt to cause harm on the occupants of the two motor vehicles but luckily none was injured. The two vehicles are currently parked at Kireka Police Station as investigations go on,” Owoyesigyire said.
In the past, there have been incidents of attacks, especially in Kampala Metropolitan Area using petrol bombs.
The incidents that started last year targeted government vehicles but also petrol stations.
Last week, security warned that a certain group of people is planning attacks in a bid to sabotage the forthcoming swearing-in ceremony for President Museveni set for May,12 at Kololo Independence Grounds.