Bomb Scare Paralyses Business In Kampala

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In short
There was a bomb scare early in the day after residents alerted Police of bomb like materials near Fido dido, a restaurant popular for ice creams.

There was a bomb scare on Saturday after residents alerted Police of an explosive like material near Fido dido in Kampala.

According to Luke Owesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson, pedestrians on Kampala road spotted the items wrapped in a black polythene bag suspected to be bombs and immediately alerted the Police.

The Police Anti-Terrorism Unit the bomb squad rushed to the scene at about 12:00p.m. and cordoned it off.

Owesigyire says that the police bomb squad is currently scrutinizing the suspicious materials.

"It is true that we recovered the items, yes they were suspected bombs and for now we do not know whether they are bombs or not" Owesigyire said.

Business around Fido dido was also paralysed as traders abandoned their shops. The route to the central business district was temporarily blocked as police secured the area.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.