Police is hunting for criminals that are attacking and damaging government vehicles using improvised petrol bombs.
The Uganda Police have opened investigations into criminals that are attacking and damaging government vehicles while using motorcycles. The attacks have been carried out in various parts of the city including Katwe, Nateete and Busega.
According to the statement released on Saturday by the Uganda Police Force, the criminals are using improvised petrol bombs and metallic objects to attack and damage the government vehicles.
“The criminals are using improvised petrol bombs they hurl in the vehicles and metallic objects to hit on the windscreens, ” the police said in their statement.
The police say the intention of these criminals may be to force the government to stop the health guidelines that were put by the Ministry of Health preventing bodaboda cyclists from carrying passengers as a measure to combat the spread of COVID-19.
“We suspect that the criminal intends to force the government to stop health guidelines against carrying of passengers by bodaboda motorcyclists that the government put in place to contain the spread of coronavirus,” the police said in there press release.
According to the police, the joint security teams have managed to identify these criminals through the help of the CCTV cameras and the security organs are pursuing one of the motorcycles with registration number UEU392F.
“The joint security teams have identified five suspected criminals who have been using these motorcycles and we are pursuing one of the motorcycles is registration number UEU391F,” the police added.
In the first attack, the suspects attacked a government vehicle with a registration number UG0450T on June 23, 2020, and the occupants in the vehicle were not hurt while in the second event the criminals politely asked for the driver of the government vehicle to stop for them to cross but when he stopped they hit the vehicle’s windscreen.
The third attack was carried out at Busega- Mityana Roundabout when criminals threw a flammable liquid in the bottle in a government vehicle. The flame busted into flames at the co-driver’s seat but the vehicle was saved by the public.
“The suspects attacked a government vehicle registration UG0450T on June 23, 2020, however, the occupants survived unhurt. In a second incident, the suspects politely asked the driver of motor vehicle registration number UG 0182H to stop for them to cross. When the driver stopped they pulled out a hammer and hit the windscreen. The criminals were unable to execute their crime and fled after their hammer fell in the car,” the police added.
“The third was conducted at Busega-Mityana roundabout when criminals hurled a flammable liquid in the bottle in the government vehicle registration number UG 0199K, a Toyota Fortune on June 26, 2020,”.
The police have urged the public with information relating to the suspects to report to any nearby police station.