Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

11 November 2012

Tanzania: Kagera Residents Warned Against Tampering With 'Strange Objects'

Bukoba — RESIDENTS in Kagera Region have been cautioned against picking up strange objects following a series of incidents where people have been killed by bomb blasts in Karagwe, Ngara and Biharamulo districts.

Kagera Regional Commissioner, Mr Fabian Massawe issued the warning on Friday in an exclusive interview with the 'Sunday News.' "People should be cautious and avoid picking up strange objects which could possibly be bombs. Instead, they should report the sighting of strange objects to relevant authorities for immediate action," he said.

Last year, four people from the same family died in Biharamulo district when a bomb exploded after a ten-year old boy mistakenly thought that the object he had picked up in a nearby bush was a sweet potato and started boiling it.

Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC), Philip Kalangi, told reporters that the boy identified as Chacha Juma (10), was shepherding goats when he picked the strange object on his way home thinking it was a potato.

The boy went home with the object which was actually a hand grenade and boiled it as his two younger brothers and his step mother sat around watching. The said strange object exploded killing the four family members on the spot.

Mr Kalangi named the deceased as Mbusilo Isa (27), Chacha Juma (10), Jane Isa (10) and Peter Isa (4) - all residents of Mabare village in Nyakahura Ward, Biharamulo District. He said two of the deceased had their heads chopped off as a result of the blast.

In another incident, a 60-year-old woman Mungushi Nyamhare, walked into the bush as a bomb exploded. She sustained severe head injuries and was admitted to Biharamulo district hospital.

Again, on October 30, this year five children from Ihanda Ward, in Karagwe District were killed instantly when a bomb they were playing blew them into pieces. He said police were still investigating the incident.

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