Police have strengthened patrols and deployments on all major roads after two incidents in which criminals hurled petrol bombs at motor vehicles at Kireka Township, Kira Municipality in Wakiso District.

The deputy spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan Luke Oweyesigyire says deployments will ensure that no motorist’s life or property is threatened or attacked.

“Police have put in place all its resources to ensure that the culprits are arrested and prosecuted.” Oweyesigyire assures public.

Meanwhile the territorial police of Kira Division Police Station are investigating arson attacks that targeted motorists at Kireka Township during the wee hours.

“Two incidents were reported to the police luckily enough no one was injured in the incidents” Oweyesigyire confirms.

He says it is suspected that both incidents were well coordinated where the first incident happened along the Railway Crossing at Kireka Township where two juveniles, still on the run, are suspects.

Oweyesigyire says investigations indicate that one juvenile was seen by the CCTV camera pouring a liquid on a vehicle belonging to Shafic Mubiru while he was in the traffic jam.

“Another juvenile was seen setting fire on the same vehicle at the spot where the colleague poured a liquid suspected to be petrol” Oweyesigyire.

According to Oweyesigyire, Mr Mubiru was heading home from Kitintale, later told police that he heard a loud bang and then saw fire on his car. He stopped and was helped by the residents to extinguish it. But the juveniles had already fled the scene. Efforts to arrest them are underway.

The second incident happened around the same time just a few metres away on Jinja Road towards Kireka Police Station.

Ms Rose Kyasimire was driving in the traffic jam when unknown persons riding a motorcycle, whose registration number is yet to be identified, hurled a petrol bomb at her car.

The victim told police that she heard a loud bang and immediately saw her car engulfed by fire then got out and started extinguishing it. She was helped by the residents and the police officers who arrived in real time.

Oweyesigyire says a bottle suspected to have been used to hurl the flammable substance has been recovered and submitted to Government Analytical Laboratory for analysis. 

Oweyesigyire  has commended the residents at Kireka who responded to the incident and put out the fire immediately.

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