Police in Wandegeya, Kampala are investigating an incident where an explosive ordnance blasted and injured five people on Friday.

It is alleged that on the December 24 at about 3pm at Industrial Zone Kagugube Central Division in Kampala City, a daughter to one of the residents Jennifer Birungi, a KCCA cleaner, and resident of Industrial Zone Kagugube Central Division in Kampala City, only identified as Katusiime was given second hand clothes by her friend in Dubai identified as Anita.

Birungi says as they sorted the clothes in their home yard, they saw a metallic bottle with a blue colour and suspected it to be an explosive and one of her granddaughters, Poni Elizabeth, threw it in the dust bin.

However, another granddaughter, Vanessa secretly removed it from the bin and brought it back to the house.

At around 9pm, Vanessa started playing with it, opened it and eventually it exploded injuring five people in the house.

Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson, ASP Luke Owoyesigire has confirmed the incident and identified the injured victims as Jennifer Birungi, 45, Harriet Kabasinguzi, 25, Poni Elizabeth, Nakandi Mitchell and a daughter to Kabasinguzi, Vanessa Birungi, a granddaughter to Birungi.

Owoyesigire says the incident is being investigated with the view of identifying the exact origin of the explosive ordnance.

The five victims he says are currently admitted at the National Referral Hospital at Mulago for treatment.

“Our task team has recovered pieces of the explosive, which have been submitted to experts for analysis. We also want to appeal to members of the public to report any items that look suspicious to the relevant authorities for safe handling,” he says.

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