Suicide bombers target Ugandan capital

Suicide bombers have targeted the Ugandan capital Kampala, killing at least three people and injuring more than 30 others, police say.

Three attackers on motorbikes blew themselves up near parliament and the city’s police headquarters.

The number of dead is likely to rise, with the blasts leaving body parts strewn in the streets.

Officials blamed the attacks on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group based in the DR Congo.

The attacks came within three minutes of each other. More bombs have been found in other parts of the city, officials said.

“The bomb threats are still active, especially from suicide attackers,” said police spokesman Fred Enanga.

“We believe there are still more members of these domestic terror cells, especially the suicide bomb squad that has been created by the ADF.”

On top of the three dead, 33 others were injured in the blasts, including five critically.

Proceedings in parliament were called off and MPs advised not to come to the building following the attacks.

Cars parked near parliament went up in flames, while the explosion near the police station shattered windows.

“A booming sound like that from a big gun went off. The ground shook, my ears nearly went deaf,” Peter Olupot, a bank guard who was near the attack near parliament, told Reuters news agency.

Police said the attacks were carried out by a “domestic terror group” linked to the ADF.

The group formed in the late 1990s in opposition to Uganda’s long-serving President, Yoweri Museveni, but re-emerged last decade when its attacks began to be claimed by the Islamic State group.

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

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



Source : BBC

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