Deadly explosion in Ugandan capital “appears to be an act of terrorism” – President – .

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Deadly explosion in Ugandan capital “appears to be an act of terrorism” – President – .


October 24 (Reuters) – A deadly explosion in Kampala on Saturday evening appears to be an act of terrorism, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Sunday.

He said the explosion in the capital killed one person, although Uganda’s chief political commissioner Asan Kasingye said on Saturday evening that two people were killed.

At least seven people were injured, NTV television reported.

“It appears to be an act of terrorism,” Museveni tweeted on Sunday.

“The information I have is that 3 people came and left a package at kaveera [plastic bag] which later exploded, ”Museveni said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The explosion occurred at Digida Pork Joint, a restaurant, local media reported. Videos shared on social media showed panicked and confused revelers illuminated by blue police lights.

Bombings in this East African country are rare. Kampala suffered a major Al Shabaab attack in Somalia in 2010 which left dozens of people dead. The group said it attacked Uganda as punishment for its deployment of troops to Somalia.

Report by Elias Biryabarema; Writing by Ayenat Mersie; Editing by David Gregorio and Giles Elgood

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