This morning the Uganda police force (UPF) in conjunction with the Uganda people’s defense forces (UPDF) fourth division safely detonated a dummy bomb found at the Gulu bus park restoring the situation to normal.
Residents of Gulu town were sent into fear as a suspected bomb was found wrapped in a polythene bag hidden in a dustbin in the tax park
According to sources on the ground, the suspected item was discovered by a cleaner at the bus park who informed the police.
“This morning at around 09:30 am, concerned citizens from Gulu Taxi Park called the Officer-in-Charge operations who immediately swung into action to rescue the situation,” said ASP Jimmy Okema, the Police spokesperson Aswa region.
He said that the police contacted the UPDF fourth division engineering department who also responded very fast. All taxi and bus drivers together with citizens were ordered out of the park and the scene was cordoned off. The officers realized the material was detonable using the equipment they had. The dummy bomb was detonated safely without registering any injuries.
Captain Ceasar Olweny, the 4th division spokesperson bomb should not in any way be linked to the Al-shabaab insurgents who have been threatening the country in the past.
Police appreciated the public for the vigilance that they exhibited upon seeing a suspected item and urged them to continue to be vigilant whenever they are faced with such situations.
Police also appealed to bar owners, churches, banks, supermarkets to always to be on the lookout for suspicious items to avoid loss of lives and property.