Territorial Police in Kampala Metropolitan North is actively investigating a “double attack” on two petrol stations in Gayaza and Sekanyonyi.
According to a press statement issued by Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the attacks on the two fuel stations were conducted in the wee hours of the night, only 30 minutes between the reported time of incidents and in a similar manner.
The first incident occurred on March 17, 2021, at Prime Petrol Station, Gayaza, at around 1 am after a jerrycan of suspected petrol was hurled into the station, followed by a petrol bomb which ignited a fire that burnt one of the fuel pumps at the station.
“The fire was successfully extinguished, although it caused damage to the fuel pump,” he said.
Enanga added that police is also looking for a conductor to a coaster mini-bus, who came to the petrol station claiming that he had forgotten his medicine in the mini-bus just before the incident.
“It is moments after he had left that the attack occurred. Fortunately, no casualties were registered,” he said.
The second incident occurred at Lorris Petrol Station in Sekanyonyi at around 1:30 am, after a group of 3 men approached the fuel pump with a 10 litre jerrycan under the guise of fetching fuel.
“They hurriedly poured petrol near the fuel pump and attempted to set the petrol station on fire. The guards on duty responded and fired at them as they escaped from the scene, but missed them. The 10 litre jerrycan with traces of suspected petrol was recovered, an old sack and a match box. There were no damages or casualties,” Enanga revealed.
Task teams are gathering more information about the double incident which appears to have been attacks targeting petrol stations, according to him.
“The fact that the methods used are similar makes us consider these attacks as some form of organised crime with a potential of domestic extremism aimed at undermining the prevailing stability, peace and security in the country,” he added.
Enanga re-echoed that police rejects all forms of violence aimed at destabilising the country.
“We wish to reiterate our stance of countering all forms of threats to the security of Ugandans. We also urge all proprietors of fuel stations to promote target hardening controls at all these stations,” he said.