Islamic State claims responsibility for bomb attacks in Uganda

Two burgers and a police officer were killed in the blast, police spokesman Fred Enanga told reporters on a news conference in the city.

ISIS-affiliated Amaq News Agency reported the incident on his Telegram channel on Tuesday, saying three fighters set out with bags loaded with explosives. Two went to Kampala Central Police Station and the third to the parliament building, where they detonated, it reported.

Police said the attacks bore the marks of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist rebel group connected with ISIS.

In a statement on On Tuesday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni increased the number of of people wounded from 33 to 36. He said three attackers died detonating their bombs and seven were killed while resisting arrest. AN total of 81 suspects have been arrested, Museveni said.

“Apart from hunting terrorists, the country is” strategy of vigilance (alertness) helps minimize damage,” Museveni said.

“Therefore, the public should stay vigilant of check people at arrival points to bus parks, hotels, churches, mosques, markets,” he said added.

The two explosions did the city center within five minutes of each other. The police said they saw on surveillance footage how an adult man met a backpack detonates itself at 10:03 AM local time in near the central police station. Enanga said the attacker was killed instantly.

Two people were confirmed dead on the spot of the first explosion, while 17 others were sustained critical injuries, Enanga said: in a statement.

Three minutes after the first explosion, two suicide bombers on Motorcycles were seen die detonated themselves in near Raja Chambers and Jubilee Insurance Building along central Kampala Parliament Avenue, Enanga said. The two bombers died and the body of was a citizen also found on the site, he added.

Enanga said 33 people were injured in the two blasts; five of they are in critical condition. The injured are being treated in the Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Police chased a fourth bomber, Enanga said, adding that two more bombs of his were recovered home die will be safely detonated.

After the bombings, police and army personnel dropped off off streets around the blast sites and restricted traffic in the city.

Last month, a explosion in Kampala at least killed one person and injured several others. Reuters reported that the Islamic State had claimed responsibility for die explosion.

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