Worshipers at the International University of East Africa in Kansanga, a Kampala suburb were on Sunday evacuated by from the auditorium by police after discovering an item which they suspected as bomb.
The suspicious object was allegedly spotted by one of the security guards who in turns informed the near by police after suspecting it to be explosive device.
“Our Bomb Squad responded fast, took control of the situation, had the worshippers evacuated to another safely designated place for normal prayers. However, upon examination, the object was identified as a party popper and was safely taken away from the scene,” Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire said.
He applauded the the general public for being vigilant and informing the police in time stating that such incident cannot be taken for granted.
“However, we still call upon the entire public to remain vigilant and inform the area police in case of any incidents and items that look suspicious in their communities,” he continues.
The incident comes days after police issued terror alert ahead of Uganda independence celebration which is slated for 9 October. Police said the terrorist groups are planning to attack Uganda and warned the public to be vigilant.
Police said the attackers who are believed to have internal and foreign network could hit Uganda before, during and shortly after October 9 Independence Day festivities.
“We continue to monitor their (suspected attackers’) activities. We have strategically deployed, both overtly and covertly, to frustrate their criminal intentions,” police said in a statement.
They urged the public to be vigilant especially the high profile individuals in the country who were the target for the recent wave of assassination which has gripped the country since 2012.