Twin Explosions Hit Kampala Leaving 2 Dead, 17 Mostly Police Officers Injured


By Our Reporter



One of the injured victims being helped

Two explosions have hit the centre of the Ugandan capital Kampala.


One blast took place near parliament, with the other going off close to the city’s police headquarters.


There are fears people may have been killed or injured in the explosions. A reporter for NTV Uganda said he saw pieces of flesh scattered in the road.


Two people have so far been confirmed dead after blasts in Uganda’s capital Kampala, media outlets are reporting.


Reuters news agency is citing a local television station on the death toll.


NTV Uganda has said Kampala Mayor Salim Uhuru as its source on one of the deaths.


Police are yet to give any updates on casualties.


The cause of the blast was not immediately clear but the Ugandan authorities have blamed previous bombings on Islamist militants.


Ugandan forces are part of an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia fighting al-Shabab, an insurgent group allied to al-Qaeda.


Last month, the Islamic State group said it was behind an attack on a bar in Kampala which killed a 20-year-old waitress.


Proceedings in parliament have been called off and MPs advised not to come to the building following Tuesday’s blast.


Meanwhile, the casualty ward of Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala, is filled with people who were injured by the morning blasts, local news site the Independent is reporting.


It says majority of the injured who had been brought to Mulago Hospital by ambulance are police officers.


One of the blasts went off near the Central Police Station in Kampala’s central business district.


Local TV station NTV has spoken to a doctor at another health facility who said they received 17 injured people. Twelve were referred to Mulago while five others were sent home.

Uganda police use sniffer dogs at blast sites


Police in Uganda are using sniffer dogs to look for more evidence and detect any explosives at the scenes of the blasts in the centre of the capital, Kampala.


US embassy had warned of more attacks in Uganda


The US embassy in Kampala, Uganda had warned of “the ongoing possibility of more terrorist attacks in Uganda”, three weeks ago.


This was contained in a security alert dated 26 October.


The alert was issued after two other explosions in Kampala, one of which a militant group said it had carried out.


The embassy warned US citizens at the time to “remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings while travelling in Uganda”.


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