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Gas cylinder explodes, kills two in Wakiso

Two people have been killed and six are nursing injuries after a gas cylinder exploded at a home in Mikka trading centre, Wakiso district. (PHOTO/File)

WAKISO – Police in Kampala Metropolitan Area are investigating circumstances under which a gas cylinder exploded in Wakiso district, killing two people and injuring six others.

The incident, which occurred in Mikka Trading Centre on Wednesday, left area residents in shock.

According to witnesses, Taddeo Jagenda, 51, and Suleiman Kinobe, 73, had purchased the cylinder alongside others but they exploded before they could repair them. The exploding cylinder killed the two on spot and injured Serve Joshua, 9, Catherine Nagoya, 7, Timothy Kisuze, 9, and three others only identified as 6-month-old Maya, Titus, 6, and Nalukenge, 40.

The injured are admitted to Namayumba Health Centre III in Wakiso district.

Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesman Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed the accident.

He said Police’s bomb squad recovered the exploded cylinder and it has been taken for analysis pending ongoing investigations.

In 2017, a gas cylinder exploded in Dokolo district, killing two people and injuring two others. The incident occurred at corner Kampala trading center in Ocama-Ayom village in Adok Sub County in Dokolo.

Felix Oyugi, an eye witness says that Obonyo and Ogwang were riding on a motorcycle belonging to Ojok that broke down. He says the trio decided to branch off to a welding workshop belonging to Oyugi to repair their motorcycle when the gas cylinder exploded killing Ayepa and Ojok instantly.

In Zimbabwe, st least 42 passengers were killed in November last year after a suspected gas cylinder exploded on a bus.

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