Blast Kills one, Injures Four Children in Amudat

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Aceng says one of the boys then suggested that they crash the bomb on a stone.

A 12-year-old boy was killed on Monday and four others injured critically in a bomb explosion at Kariita Sub County in Amudat District. Police has identified the deceased as James Ayeko. The injured are Isaac Taban, Lemo Longaria, Dismus Nachipali and Gerald Ojiri, all residents of Kariita Trading Centre. It is alleged that Taban was killed when he and his colleagues tried to crash a bomb on a stone. Irene Aceng, the Police Public Relations Officer-Karamoja says that the boys had gone to swim in River Kariita.

She says the boys picked up three bombs on the banks of River Kariita and started tossing it before they tried to crash one of the bombs in the sand in vain. Aceng says that one of the boys then suggested that they crash the bomb on a stone. She says that no sooner had the boys hit the bomb thrice on a stone, than it exploded killing Taban on spot. She notes that the other boys had their legs shattered. She appeals to the public not to play with strange objects.

Steven Bewaayo, the Amudat Resident District Commissioner says that they dispatched a vehicle from Amudat town 80 kilometers away to rescue the minors. He says the blast victims are now admitted at Matany Hospital fighting for their lives. Bewaayo says there is need for government to provide an ambulance for Kariita Health Centre III to handle emergencies. Okot Obwona, the Moroto Regional Police Commander asks teachers and church leaders to join the sensitization initiative so as to avoid loss of lives.

He advises the public to report any suspicious objects found within their communities in time. Two year ago, five children were also injured critically in a bomb explosion in Amudat.


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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.