May 26, 2010 News
Shortly after the Guyana Defence Force had completed testing its guns on Monday, in preparation for last night’s fireworks display, another explosion rocked the quiet Queenstown neighbourhood in Georgetown, at about 23:15hrs. Someone had lobbed a fragmentation grenade into the premises at 146 Oronoque and Crown Streets.
This is a three-storey construction being undertaken by contractor, Doodnauth Samaroo, of Hampton Court, Essequibo Coast.
Samarooo said that he was at Hampton Court at the time of the explosion.
“I had just gone to bed when I got a phone call informing me of the explosion. I have no idea who would want to do such a thing since I have no problem with anyone.”
Samaroo said that he is certain that his son, Troy, who was in the house at the time, could not have been the target.
The grenade spewed shrapnel around the place, shattering a window pane and leaving indentations on the walls and ceiling. There were also indentations from the shrapnel on the fences, columns and on the grillwork at the doors. An overhead light fixture was damaged as were the pipelines on the ground where the fragmentation device landed and exploded.
Eyewitnesses to the grenade attack said that they saw a man come out of a car, lob the device and then calmly walk back to the car and drive away.
The Alberttown Police Station is a mere two blocks away, but according to Samaroo, they took some time to arrive. He said that when they arrived they found a pin from the device bearing a number, and pieces of lead from the grenade.
Samaroo said that he started construction last year and that the building is intended to house a residence, a store house and offices.
He said that he bought the property some time back and knocked down the old house that stood there to erect the present building.
To construct the building he was forced to borrow money from the bank so, according to him, the grenade attack could not have been staged by anyone to whom he was indebted.
He said that he is not scared but merely concerned that he could be the subject of such an attack.
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