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Why Central Police Station was easy target for suicide bombers

One of the injured police officers being evacuated to Mulago hospital

One of the injured police officers being evacuated to Mulago hospital

At least 23 police officers sustained injuries during the bomb blast at the Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala central business district yesterday Tuesday. The affected police officers are mostly from the general duty and field force unit (FFU).     

They are Kairugara Joseph, Katongole Fred, Ayebale Allan, Kissa Andrew, Eyotre Peter, Akot Catherine, Wabwire Bernard, Akibua Silesian, Tongwire Eunice, Muhumure Nicholas, Ekip Isaac, Adeun Mathew, Ssebunya Mimu, Ojera Brian, Dhibaluma Denis, Osmami Stephen and Birungi Doreen. 

Others are Nasuna Juliet, Ogwal Richard, Otai John Bosco, Nakafero Fiona, Tiberamunda Robert, and Watojik Patrick. The injured police officers were at the quarter guard while others were sitting on police patrols parked on both sides of the CPS entrance when the bomb went off.  

The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bomb blasts which killed at least six people and injured 34 people. President Museveni blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group that pledged its allegiance to IS in 2019.

There are always more than 10 police officers sitting or standing around the quarter guard especially during the morning hours or late afternoon. For instance, the quarter guard checking room often has not less than five police officers registering and checking people accessing the CPS premises.  

At least eight police officers majorly from the FFU always sit on the police patrol van parked at the entrance of the quarter guard. Five police witnesses who spoke to URN said that were at least eight police officers on each of the two patrol vans at the time of the explosion.

If at all, the eyewitnesses’ accounts are true, it means the two patrols were filled to capacity while the registration and checking room had five officers, bringing to 23, the number of police officers at the scene. A police officer who had just moved out of CPS to escort his son to Centenary bank, said the patrol teams were preparing for field operations.

“We usually have field operations between 10 am and midday. These patrols park outside loaded with FFU personnel going for field operations. It is clear that the suicide bomber knew the time when our officers are at the quarter guard and he came very sure his action would have a huge impact,” the officer said.

Besides, police officers inside the checkroom and those on patrols, other security officers, civilians, journalists, and informants usually take rest under the tree shade adjacent to the quarter guard.

“I was sitting with some of the injured officers under the tree at the quarter guard. My commander called me inside and ordered me to move out and help my colleagues on the roads. I had just reached the Bank of Uganda and a huge explosion happened. This is not a coincidence. These people knew that they would kill or injure many of us,” a traffic police officer said. 

It is very rare to find no police officers, informants, or journalists sitting under the trees at CPS from morning to evening. Although CPS had taken a step to prevent the crowding of vehicles around its vicinity, some cars could still be parked inside the ring-fenced area.

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+2 #1 Wainanchi 2021-11-17 10:06
Very very sorry about our good boys and girls who are putting their lives on line sacrificing for our peace and security

We wish them speedy recovery and back to work to protect Uganda.

These sensless acts of terror will not prevent Uganda from marching forward
Uganda went from much worse situation ,cajevourvif bloody civil war and has need improving so much that people cannot believe their eyes how huge progress was achieved and how many people improved their lives and we'll being

For those shedding crocodile tears we shall only say .do not worry we got the message.


Now clowns who are writing everyday nonsense keep.quiet and rejoice for the damage done
But we shall prevail

I expect now that police and army got the nesssge and will now be on alert with orders..shoot and kill on the spot.
To hell with lunatic terrorists

Uganda will prevail..Museveni oyeeee
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+2 #2 Lakwena 2021-11-17 11:37
In other words, our innocent, over-worked and underpaid police officers, have in addition suffered injuries to the insults they regularly get from Gen Tibuhaburwa; referring to them as PARASITES.

Wachireba?
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-4 #3 Akot 2021-11-17 13:58
Ugandans, without endidng the tribalistic system & UNITING to end Museveni's rule then be in control of the country, formation of independent tribal states will also save you from Museveni & muslims, as no tribe will be controled & terrorised by muslims/museveni then!

Museveni is not in danger as he will fly out of Uganda the meoment he knows muslims will win!

Just as Idi Amin flew off the moment he knew his time was over!

Ugandans, it's time to UNITY as the outside world will just watch what goes on as long as the tribalistic system Museveni put in place stands!

Ugandans, why wait for muslims to overthrow Museveni & continue being slaves, in the country formed by your tribal lands & in which there are churches all over, churches, chatholic schools/hospitals all over?
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-2 #4 Lakwena 2021-11-17 16:09
In other words Akot, just like History Repeated itself on the 25th Jan 1986: the same date in 1971 Amin shot his way to our State House; History may repeat itself on 11th April the date Amin was ejected from our State House.

Ineno?
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-2 #5 A. K. Mukasa 2021-11-17 18:06
Not wishing to sound inhuman and cruel, I find it very hard to sympathise with anyone working for Museveni’s security apparatus.

It is the same police officers that are being used to terrorise Ugandans for simply exercising their constitutional rights. It is no longer enough to say you were simply following orders.

Unlawful orders cannot become lawful simply because your superior has ordered you to break the law. These security organs have become complicit in dehumanising Ugandans because they have no respect for the sanctity of life.

So the best I can feel for their suffering is indifference. I cannot in all honesty feel any sympathy because I am only human.
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-2 #6 Remase 2021-11-18 01:17
Akot, I have said it before, the moment M7 brought in the Talibans, Ugandans should be worried!

Now bombings have turned out to be a common occurrence, that can't be a coincidence! M7, as the most violent individual on the planet is killed innocent people ever since he captured power in 1986 to this date, now he brought in the Talibans to completely create instability so that he can get support in money and ammunitions from the US!
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-1 #7 Wainanchi 2021-11-18 09:26
Above mentioned lunatics as usual talk monse.
They are enjoying that our good boys and girls are killed or hurt for defending Uganda.

These cowardish acts will strengthen resolve allmakl patritic Ugandans to strike back and revenge to these animals and pigs for killing innocent security people who are like in all countries if the world care about lives of ordinary citizens

It is not true that they I'm any way support the Government but are there to protect all of us
What would happen if we do not have them,?
We have our people killed by cowards ,slashed with pangas and now blowing up by suitcase bombers

What these enimals do next? Bring Martians to attack us with invisible flying saucers? The real question for me is which foreign power is using these idiots to attack Uganda? If you think logically you will come to the conclusions who is the????
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0 #8 Akot 2021-11-18 14:55
Quoting Remase:


the moment M7 brought in the Talibans, Ugandans should be worried!

Now bombings have turned out to be a common occurrence, that can't be a coincidence!

M7, as the most violent individual on the planet is killed innocent people ever since he captured power
in 1986 to this date, now he brought in the Talibans to completely create instability so that he can get support in money and ammunitions from the US!


Thanks.

USA/EU/UK brought Talibans to Uganda & the first places they should bomb are these developed world embassies in Uganda!
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0 #9 Akot 2021-11-18 14:58
Quoting Akot:


Ugandans, without endidng the tribalistic system & UNITING to end Museveni's rule then be in control of the country, formation of independent tribal states will also save you from Museveni & muslims, as no tribe will be controled & terrorised by muslims/museveni then!

Museveni is not in danger as he will fly out of Uganda the meoment he knows muslims will win!

Just as Idi Amin flew off the moment he knew his time was over!

Ugandans, it's time to UNITY as the outside world will just watch what goes on as long as the tribalistic system Museveni put in place stands!

Ugandans, why wait for muslims to overthrow Museveni & continue being slaves, in the country formed by your tribal lands & in which there are churches all over, churches, chatholic schools/hospitals all over?


This call is for real Ugandans!
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