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Uganda: Twin blasts in Kampala kill six and injure scores

By Musinguzi Blanshe, The Africa Report
Posted on Tuesday, 16 November 2021 11:03

A view shows smoke and motorcycle taxis near the scene of a blast in Kampala
A view shows smoke and motorcycle taxis near the scene of a blast in Kampala, Uganda November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa

Six people are confirmed dead following the suicide bomb attacks in downtown Kampala at the Kooki towers, opposite the Central Police station and near Parliament. Several cars were also set on fire according to local media. Of the death toll, three are civilians and three are reportedly suicide bombers.

According to NTV Uganda “scores” were injured following two blasts Tuesday morning.

The bombs went off in the most protected areas in Kampala. One was near parliament. The area is occupied by ministries and government agencies.

The second bomb went off at the most prominent police station in Kampala called CPS. Reports indicate that more 20 police officers were injured.

The police say the bombs were detonated by suicide bombers.

“The fresh footages on CCTV clearly indicate how a male adult, putting on a black jacket, and carrying a back pack, detonated himself.  He died instantly and the spillover effect caused additional injuries to police officers and other civilians who were within a radius of 30 metres”, said a police spokesperson.

Two other suicide bombers riding a motorcycle detonated another bomb at parliament. Police says they chased another suicide bomber, who had not detonated a bomb, and shot him.

They say they have also been able to locate the family of this man in place near the capital city.

The three suicide bombers died. Three other people died while 35 people have been admitted to hospitals.

The police are blaming the Uganda and DRC-based Islamist rebel group the ADF, arguing they have been responsible for recent attacks.

According to Reuters, Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso, a spokesperson for the Uganda military said there had been “multiple” blasts and “multiple” casualties, but offered no further details.

The Uganda Red Cross said more information about the blast would be released in due time.

Three weeks ago the militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in Kampala.

They claimed they were attacking a bar where “members and spies of the Crusader Ugandan government were gathering”.

We will continue to update this story as we get more information

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