Kampala - Ugandan police said on Friday they had arrested a driver who had tried to crash a bus into a crocodile-infested river to kill the 50 passengers on board after he was sacked.
"He hijacked the bus with intentions of driving it into the river and killing the 50 passengers on board," said Denis Namuwooza, police chief in Uganda's southwestern Kasese district.
"After learning of the hijack, we mounted a road block before the river... we intercepted him and he was arrested."
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The driver, who police said had been fired for drunkenness, had reportedly intended to drive the heavily laden coach into the Kazinga channel, a river often crowded with hippos, that connects two large lakes in Uganda's Queen Elizabeth national park.
He had told passengers "he was going to die with them by driving the bus into Kazinga," said one of the survivors, Dinah Mwagale Mudusu, speaking to Ugandan media.