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1 dead, 9 injured in Matugga explosion 

By Wasswa Ssentongo

Added 22nd September 2019 09:58 AM

The deceased was identified as Abdu Yiga a welder, who died on the spot

1 dead, 9 injured in Matugga explosion 

One of the workers in the shop only identified as Kajubi who had his foot shattered in the explosion at Mulago Hospital before he underwent emergency surgery. Photo by Wasswa Ssentongo

The deceased was identified as Abdu Yiga a welder, who died on the spot

The Police has confirmed that one person died and nine others were injured in an explosion at Matugga on Kampala-Gulu Highway.

The deadly incident occurred at 3:00 pm on Saturday at a shop owned by Frank Ssewakiryanga who deals in metallic scrap.

ome of the metal fragments from the device which exploded hoto by asswa sentongoSome of the metal fragments from the device which exploded. Photo by Wasswa Ssentongo

 

One of the employees at Ssewakiryanga's shop only identified as Mugisha, who witnessed the incident, described the exploded item as a part of a machine while security personnel at the scene said it was a bomb.

"This machine has been here for two weeks. Someone whose names I did not get brought it for sale. Because it was so heavy, over 200 kg, we asked a welder to cut it into pieces so that we would be able to put it on a weighing scale. The moment he started cutting, we heard a loud explosion and a fire started," narrated Mugisha

 security officer takes ogers atovu one of the workers at the shop who was injured to an ambulance at the scene hoto by asswa sentongoA security officer takes Rogers Matovu, one of the workers at the shop who was injured, to an ambulance at the scene. Photo by Wasswa Ssentongo

 

The Internal Security Officer identified the deceased as Abdu Yiga, the welder, who died on the spot. All the injured are admitted at Mulago Hospital

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