Police investigates arson attacks in Kireka

Posted: 2021-05-07T13:41:25Z
Police investigates arson attacks in Kireka

Security has been strengthened through 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 yesterday evening.


ASP Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, the 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. 


Owoyesigyire added that officers at Kira Division Police Station are investigating arson attacks that targeted motorists at Kireka Township on Thursday at 1959 hours.


He noted that the two incidents were reported to the police and fortunately, no one was injured in the incidents.


“It is suspected that both incidents were well coordinated. The first incident happened along the Railway Crossing at Kireka Township where two juveniles, still on the run, are suspects. Our investigations indicate that one juvenile was seen by our CCTV camera pouring a liquid on a vehicle belonging to Shafic Mubiru while he was in the traffic jam” Owoyesigyire said.


He added that another juvenile was seen setting fire on the same vehicle at the spot where the colleague poured a liquid suspected to be petrol.


Mr Mubiru, who 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. She got out and started extinguishing it. She was helped by the residents and the police officers who arrived in real time.


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


We thank the residents at Kireka who responded to the incident and put out the fire immediately.