Suicide bomber's vest found in Kampala - Daily Monitor

Suicide bomber's vest found in Kampala

Tuesday July 13 2010

By Solomon Muyita


The Uganda Police have recovered an unexploded suicide vest and other explosives from Makindye, another suburb, south-east of Kampala, days after a deadly attack on the city that claimed at least 74 lives.

The devices were on Tuesday displayed to local and international media at a press briefing at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, as an update to the terrorist attack that targeted soccer fans who were watching the Sunday World Cup final match.

The Inspector General of Police Maj Gen Kale Kayihura, flanked by the Assistant Inspector of Police Abas Byakagaba and a team of the Bomb Squad said the recovered devices were highly explosive and dangerous.

A brownish unexploded suicide vest was only recovered from Makindye House, a popular entertainment spot south of Kampala, together with some ball-bearings and a detonator, that were innocently lying in a light blue lady handbag.

“These devices look very innocent as you see them here but they are very dangerous and destructive,” Gen. Kayihura told hordes of local and international media at the Uganda Media Centre this morning.

The police chief said information coming out of the investigations so far indicate that a third place was targeted by the terrorists, after one at the Ethiopian Village at Kabalagala and another at Kyadondo Rugby Club. “For the third one I can’t tell what exactly happened. The fellow who was in charge cowardised or changed his mind,” said Gen. Kayihura.