Grenade explosion kills 2 in Kumi


A grenade explosion has claimed two people in Kumi


A grenade explosion has claimed the lives of twin brothers and injured critically two women in Kumi district.

The dead are eight-year-old Isaac Opio and his twin brother Emmanuel Odongo while the injured are Sarah Atengo and Akol.

The minors met their death on Tuesday evening while attending to livestock in Ominai village in Ngero Sub County in Kumi district.

Jackson Kasozi, the Kumi District Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Officer says that while attending to the animals, the children decided to go to a nearby anthill to get some clay to make toys.

He says the minors found a polythene bag containing stick grenades near the anthill and started playing with them before they went off.

Kasozi says Opio died on the spot while Odongo breathed his last an hour later, at Kumi Hospital where he was rushed in critical condition.

Major David Omagor, the commandant Operation Restore Hope says two women were also injured in the blast and are admitted at Ngero Health Centre III Hospital in critical condition.

Omagor says preliminary investigations show that there were three stick grenades inside the polythene bag.

He says they have recovered some pieces of the exploded grenades for further examination.

Omagor says they are investigating the circumstances under, which the grenades were hidden in the anthill.

James Akai, the Ngero Sub County chairperson says the place where the blast occurred was used sometime back by Uganda People’s Army rebels.

He suspects the grenades were left behind by Uganda People’s Army during the insurgence in Teso Sub Region in 1990s.



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