Crime & Investigation

Grenade Hurled Inside Man's Bedroom in Namugongo


approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, website like this Patrick Onyango, confirmed the development in a telephone interview with Chimpreports, saying the explosive was later disposed off by the elite anti-terrorism bomb Squad Unit.

77-year-old Fredinando Rukeberya was dead asleep at around 2:00am on Monday when strangers brutally shattered his bedroom’s window before throwing a grenade on his bed.

His house is located a few metres away from the Uganda Catholic Shrine at Namugongo where thousands gathered on June 3 to celebrates Martyrs’ day.

The terrified victim told detectives that he at first thought it was a rat thus using his old blanket to push ‘it’ aside.

Little did the old man know he was teetering on the verge of death.

Stick grenade

Having pushed aside the grenade, Rukeberya slept off again.

However, on Tuesday morning, he was stunned by shape of the object. He moved closer to inspect the object using his hands but did not understand it.

He would later alert neighbours of how the “robbers” forgot their item in his bedroom as they tried to steal his property.

Some of the residents in Namugongo became suspicious of the object thus calling in officials from Kiira Division Police Station who identified the explosive as a stick grenade.

The Bomb Squad disposed off the stick grenade

“The bomb squad disposed off the bomb without registering any casualties,” said Onyango.

This is the second time in less than a week that unknown people are throwing grenades into people’s houses.

The development will send ripples down the spine of officials charged with the country’s security especially after a family was killed by a grenade hurled inside their residence in Soroti last Friday.

Nelson Enyedu 34, a resident of Owoonga village, together with his two children lost their lives in the attack.

The hollow handle of the stick grenade has a ring, pull cord, igniter and a 3-4 second time delay.

The wooden top is unscrewed; the ring slipped over a finger, and throwing the grenade causes the pull cord to activate the igniter.

The explosion fragments the metal body, delivering shrapnel with about a 10 yard killing radius.


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