There was panic at Moroto Central Police station on Tuesday evening after a bomb was found behind the busy police facility in Moroto town.
A passerby spotted the bomb on the police fence and raised an alarm forcing officers who were on parade for deployment to scamper for their lives.
Police then sealed off the scene until the bomb was removed. It took over half an hour to restore calm at the station and in the neighbourhood.
Like the Monday incident where a bomb was found and later detonated at Gulu Bus Park, police has again dismissed fears that this may have been a terror plot.
Richard Aruk Maruk, the Mt. Moroto Regional Police Commander insisted that all is well.
“There is no cause of alarm for members of the public or continue lamenting about what happened here. What I know we have these boys who collect scraps, I suspect they are the ones who might have picked this as scrap but when they reached where there were measuring [selling] there were told it was a grenade and they advised them to take it to police. Maybe they feared bring to police and they just threw it there and went away. I don’t see any intention there that somebody wanted to hurt the police. This a propeller grenade which can’t blast anyhow unless its fired by a bullet”, he said.
Lt. Colonel Nelson Ahebwa, the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces 3rd Division Intelligence Officer shares the same thoughts.
“I don’t think the intention was to cause harm because first of all it was by the road side and not in the middle of the road. It cannot fire itself, it cannot be propelled without a launcher so to me I still think, its state being old though it can still be fired, explains that it could have been placed there by someone who feared to [bring] it to the police for fear of maybe to be questioned”, Ahebwa said.