Scores feared dead after explosion at Matugga scrap store


Several people are feared dead after an explosion hit a scrap store in Matugga, Wakiso district on Saturday afternoon.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident happened when an explosion went off at a makeshift scrap store in Matugga along the Kampala- Gulu highway.

Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the incident but said details will be availed later.

“It is alleged there was blast that could have injured people and our teams are on ground assessing the situation,”Owoyesigyire told the Nile Post.

This is still a breaking story and we shall update it as it unfolds.

Past incidents

Last month, an 18 year old man was killed by an explosion from a suspected grenade that had been hidden in rubbish in Rukungiri.

In February, a 15-year-old pupil was rushed to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital after being injured in a grenade explosion.

Benjamin Ariho, a primary six pupil at Kyanamira primary school and resident of Nyakatare village in Kyanamira Sub County was hit by a grenade that he picked and opening it, it triggered an explosion that shattered his hand.

In 2009, three pupil of Kiswa Primary School in Kapchorwa were killed in a grenade blast that they were unknowingly playing with in the school compound.

It was reported that the stick grenade was brought by one of the pupils to the school after mistaking it for a torch before asking his friends to examine it and how it worked but in the process, its pin was dislodged before it exploded killing the three pupils instantly.

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