Police rescue frightened worshipers who mistook party popper for a bomb

By Monitor Reporter

Police on Sunday evacuated frightened worshippers at the International University of East Africa auditorium in Kansanga, a Kampala suburb, over a bomb scare.
It is alleged that an item suspected to be an explosive was sighted by one of the security guards who immediately alerted the area police.

“Our Bomb Squad responded fast, took control of the situation, had the worshippers evacuated to another safely designated place for normal prayers. However upon examination, the object was identified as a party popper and was safely taken away from the scene,” reads a statement by Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire.
He commended the members of the public for being vigilant and informing the police in time.
“However we still call upon the entire public to remain vigilant and inform the area police in case of any incidents and items that look suspicious in their communities,” he added.

This came barely two days after police warned of a terror attack against government officials, politicians and security chiefs ahead of Independence Day celebrations on October 9.

The attackers, believed to have internal and foreign webs, could strike before, during and shortly after October 9 Independence Day festivities, police said.
Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima, citing credible intelligence clues, in a statement he issued on Friday called for more public vigilance.
“We continue to monitor their (suspected attackers’) activities. We have strategically deployed, both overtly and covertly, to frustrate their criminal intentions,” he wrote.
In the unusual and specific advisory, the first of its kind by police to the country’s Very Important Persons (VIPs) since 2001, the Force asked the targeted bureaucrats to upgrade their security, take extra caution and be watchful.


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