Bomb Explosion Kills Man In Pader
A 22-year-old man was on Sunday morning killed in a bomb explosion in Lapobo- Iko village, Latanya Sub County in Pader District.
Vincent Okello met his death after he accidentally hit the explosive while clearing land for the construction of a community nursery school at around 8AM.
Okello was killed instantly and was buried on Sunday.
The explosive is suspected to have been abandoned when northern Uganda faced a two-decade long conflict which ended in 2006.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Spokesperson confirmed the report.
In January 2017, a bomb blast injured six children in Pader district after it went off accidently while they were playing with it. The children including two boys and four girls, all members of the same family sustained life-threatening injuries when the Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) exploded at Libi village, Bur-Lobo parish in Angagura Sub County on Monday.
Justine Ocen, the Pader District Speaker said there are over 22 areas in the district which are infested with unexploded ordnances.
After the end of over two decades of violence perpetuated by Joseph Kony and his brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in 2006, farmers in Acholi sub region have been grappling with the menace of land mine.
Bomb experts under the Tactical Field Engineering Unit under the 4th Division Infantry headquarters based in Gulu and Combat Engineering Department have destroyed dozens of 20mm recoilless bombs, Rapid Propeller Grenades and 84MM bombs, anti -tank landmines among others in return villages in northern Uganda.
Districts that were heavily affected by LRA insurgency in Acholi and Lango sub regions are Gulu, Pader, Kitgum, Abim, Lamwo, Dokolo, Alebtong, Lira, Kole, Otuke, Oyam, Agago, Amolatar, Apac, and Kaberamaido to rid it of the UXOs.
Major Caesar Otim Olweny, the 4th Division Army Spokesperson warned farming communities that it may take years to clear northern Uganda off explosives.