Suspected Grenade Explosion Shatters Pupil's hand Top story

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Provia Niwagaba, the mother to the explosion victim says that she was at home when she heard a loud bang followed by white smoke.

A 15-year-old pupil is nursing an injured arm at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital after he was injured in a suspected grenade explosion.

The injured has been identified as Benjamin Ariho, a primary six pupil at Kyanamira primary school and resident of Nyakatare Village in Kyanamira Sub county.

The incident occurred around 05:30PM on Saturday at Rwamugimba village in Kyanamira Sub County.  Ariho says he went to fetch water from the nearby tap where he met his classmate, Saliva Niwasiima and other children grazing goats.

He says Niwasiima picked up an object and attempted to open it in vain. Niwasiima passed it over to him and he pulled a small rope on the object triggering an explosion. 

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Provia Niwagaba,  the mother to the victim says that she was at home when she heard a huge blast followed by white smoke.  Niwagaba says that she was shocked when she realized that the blast had shattered her son's right hand.

She says some fragments from the object also caused minor injuries on the victim's face and thighs. She says the other children escaped without any injury because they run away. 

Niwagaba says that her son's hand is most likely to be amputated because it was seriously damaged and some of the fingers completely damaged.

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Elly Maate, the Police Spokesperson for Kigezi Region has confirmed the incident, saying police have taken the remaining fragments for analysis to ascertain what it was. 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.