LANDMINES: Army Recovers 9 Anti-Tank Bombs

Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, Uganda's Internal Affairs Minister

A total of nine pieces of anti-tank bombs have been recovered by the Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF).

The bombs each weighing 20 kgs were recovered from Okole bridge about 15km along Kampala highway from Lira town in Kole district.

The 5th division military spokesperson, 2nd Lieutenant George Musinguzi says that the bombs could have been abandoned by fleeing fighters of Lord’s Resistance Army  (LRA) rebel group.

Musinguzi says the calibre of bombs recovered are the type used to destroy buildings and armoured vehicles and tanks.

Musinguzi says the army expects to discover more unexploded ordinances in villages that were terrorized by the LRA.

He asks community leaders and residents to always be on the look out for suspicious objects they do not understand and report to the nearest police station.

The bombs were recovered on various occasions but from the same point.

Ogazu Baraza, Kole Resident District Commisioner, says the government is taking responsibility to remove all the abandoned unexplored ordinances.

The army has ruled out a claim that the bombs the bombs could have been bought unknowingly by scrap dealers who abandoned them on realizing what they were.

Alfred Okello, a shop operator at Kole trading centre, says since the recovery of the bombs, many people have decided to become more cautious at night.

Uganda was declared landmine free in December 2012.

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