Police in Mukono on Wednesday morning foiled a bomb blast at a fuel station .we have exclusively been informed.
Our highly placed security sources told us that the bomb was to be detonated at Igara petrol Station located in Mbalara trading center along Kampala-Jinja High Way in Mukono district.
Our security sources revealed to us that unknown terrorists connected a wire to a fuel reservoir from the underground and later linked it to jerry can full of petrol. Besides the jerry can was a box packed with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) which was to explode in short time once a match box was lit.
Near Igara petrol Station there are other two petrol stations and the area has a population of over 40,000 people and businesses worth billions of shillings.
“If that bomb had exploded more than 40,000 people would have died and businesses worth billions of shilling would have been destroyed,” said a security source.
When contacted Luke Owoyesigire the newly police Public Relations Officer for Kampala Metropolitan confirmed the incident and said investigations are going on.
Owoyesigire added that it was around 3:00am when officers who were on night patrol saw a wire connected to a Fuel reservoir and on following it they discovered it was connected to a Jerrican full of petrol and then a box full of sharp objects.
“Our officers cut off the wire which was connecting a jerrican and petrol station to stop the blast and later called Bomb squad operatives to rescue the situation,” Owoyesigire said saying that the team rushed at the scene very fast.
He further said that the Bomb experts confirmed it was IED Explosive which would have caused loss of lives and properties if it exploded.
The police spokesperson noted that police has not yet arrested any suspects in this matter but said investigations are ongoing.
He added that security guards at the petrol station and managers have recorded statements to help police in investigations.
Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) are popularly used by the al-Qaida linked Alshaabab militants which are planted on roadsides to target moving vehicles and are also usually detonated using vehicles in overcrowded places