November 27, 2021

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Swift bus explosion was suicide bomb attack- Enanga

Police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga

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Police has said the second serious incident of a deadly bomb explosion, which occurred on the 25.10.201, at around 5pm, on a bus belong to Swift Safaris, has been established as a suicide bomb attack, where the suspected bomb attacker died on spot. 

The bomb also critically injured one passenger, who was seated behind the suicide bomber. 

The Joint Task Team of experts from Counter-terrorism, intelligence and investigations responded to the incident, and classified it as an incident of domestic terror, with strong linkages to the ADF.

This is the first incident of a suicide attack, where the bomber concealed a suicide vest and belt and detonated it on board. 

The facts gathered so far indicate that the attacker and an accomplice were among the 52 passengers who boarded Swift Safari’s Bus, under registration number, UAU989T, from Kisenyi Bus Terminal, heading to Ishaka, Bushenyi.

The bus left Kampala at around 4pm, and made a first stop over at Maya checkpoint.

Then proceeded, but shortly after a distance less than two kilometers, one of the passengers who is suspected to have accomplice asked the conductor to allow him disembark from the bus and go back to Kampala,claiming he was needed to process documents to travel abroad.

The bus stopped and the conductor allowed him to disembark.

It was after a distance of 8 to 10kms, at a place identified as LungalaLC1, Maziba Ward Mpigi Town Council, in Mpigi District, that the bomb exploded in the bus.

The suicide bomber identified as Matovu Isaac, a 23-year-old, male adult and resident of Kamuli “A” Zone, in Kireka, died on the spot.

He was on the wanted list by security for being a member of the ADF sleeper cells, as “MUZAFALU”.

The immediate neighbor of the suicide bomber, escaped without any serious injuries however, a passenger who was seated behind the suicide attacker sustained critical injuries.

He was identified as Superintendent of Police, Adrian Kwetegyereza, the Acting Regional Police Commander, Greater Bushenyi, who was traveling from Kampala to Bushenyi.

He was given first aid by the Red Cross team and rushed to one of the major hospitals in Kampala, for further treatment.

Police joint team of bomb and forensics experts, established after locating remnants of the bomb on the deceased, a detonator near his seat, metallic bearings and several wire gadgets on him.

He detonated the bomb that took his life and also critically injured an officer.

Out of the 52 passengers, the remaining 50, did not sustain any serious injuries.

Both the conductor and the driver are being interrogated on how the suspected bomber smuggled into the bus.

The remaining passengers also recorded statements about the incident.

“We have established from the hallmarks of the attack and the bomb materials recovered, a connection with the attack that occurred 3 days ago in Komamboga, suggesting that the IEDs, could have been prepared in one place or by the same group of attackers,” said CP Enanga Fred, Police Spokesperson.

This, therefore, implies that the attackers are using different strategies of suicide vests and belts, armed assailants on bodabodas or motorcycles, physical bomb attacks, and also targeting soft spots.

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