Bomb blast kills two pupils in Kaabong

In Kaabong district, northern Uganda, a tragic incident occurred resulting in the loss of two young lives and injury to two others. The victims, Ayollo Lokutai, aged 13, and Lokoel Komol, aged 12, lost their lives to a bomb explosion, while Meri Lomonyang, aged 9, and Meri Lokiditoi sustained minor injuries. All four were students at Kakamar primary school.

According to reports, on a Saturday afternoon, the boys ventured out from their homes to cut trees for fencing purposes when they encountered an abandoned bomb in Nakituriket village, Kakamar sub-county. Ayollo, apparently unaware of the danger, began playing with the bomb, striking it against a tree base under the supervision of Komol. 

Meanwhile, Lomonyang and Lokiditoi were engaged in cutting the tree nearby when the explosive device detonated, tragically claiming the lives of Lokutai and Komol.

Meri Jino, the LC V chairperson of Kaabong district, expressed shock at the incident, stating that security forces were promptly informed, and police detectives visited the scene for further investigation. The bodies of the deceased were transported to Kaabong hospital for postmortem examinations, while medical attention was provided to the injured pupils.

Jino highlighted the potential increase in incidents involving explosive devices due to heightened security operations against cattle rustlers in the region. He urged the local community to exercise vigilance and refrain from handling suspected explosive materials.

 Additionally, he emphasized the importance of promptly reporting any suspicious objects or activities to the authorities.

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