Deadly explosion in Ugandan capital a ‘terrorist act’, says president – .

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Deadly explosion in Ugandan capital a ‘terrorist act’, says president – .


Kampala (AFP)

Police said a “serious explosion” occurred at around 9:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. GMT) on Saturday at a grilled pork restaurant in Komamboga, a northern Kampala suburb popular with roadside diners.

Museveni said he was told three people left a plastic bag at the scene which then exploded, killing one and injuring five others.

“It appears to be a terrorist act, but we will find the perpetrators,” Museveni said in a Twitter post on Sunday.

He said investigators were still scouring the bomb site and more details would be released later, including advice to the public on “how to deal with these possible terrorists.”

“The public should not fear, we will defeat this crime as we have defeated all other crimes committed by the pigs that do not respect life,” said Museveni.

The explosion occurred about two hours after the start of a nationwide dusk-to-dawn coronavirus curfew.

Security forces rushed to the scene, which was cordoned off as the bomb squad passed through the site.

Terror warnings

On October 8, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for its first attack in Uganda, a bombing of a police station in the Kawempe area, near the site of Saturday’s explosion.

In a statement released through its communications channels, the group claimed that a unit of its operation in Central Africa detonated an improvised explosive device that caused injuries and damage to police infrastructure.

No explosions or injuries were reported by authorities or local media at the time, although police later confirmed that a minor incident had occurred without providing further details.

However, in the following days, the UK and France updated their travel advice for Uganda, calling for vigilance in crowded areas and public places like restaurants, bars and hotels.

“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Uganda. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners, ”the updated UK advice said.

In 2010, two bombings in Kampala targeting fans watching the World Cup final killed 76 people.

Somali militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the explosions in a restaurant and in a rugby club.

The attack, the first outside Somalia by insurgents, was seen as revenge for Uganda sending troops to the war-torn country as part of an African Union mission to confront Al -Shabaab.

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