Uganda’s president says the fatal explosion is likely an act of terrorism

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An explosion in a restaurant in Uganda’s capital is an obvious act of terrorism, President Yoweri Museveni said on Sunday.

Museveni said three people entered the eatery in suburban Kampala on Saturday night and left a plastic bag, the contents of which later exploded.

He did not reveal any further details in a series of Twitter posts but vowed to “catch the perpetrators”. At least one person died and seven others were injured in the explosion, the police said.

The place is usually a busy place, frequented by commuters.

Police who cordoned off the scene said a bomb squad is investigating the explosion, which brought back painful memories of a fatal 2010 bomb attack that killed over 70 people in Kampala. This attack was carried out by members of the Somali Islamist extremist group al-Shabab, who said they wanted to oppose Uganda’s deployment of peacekeeping forces in the Horn of Africa.

There have been no similar explosions in recent years, and Uganda is relatively peaceful.

But the UK government updated its Uganda travel advice in early October to say that extremists “are very likely to attempt to carry out attacks in this East African country”.

“Attacks could take place indiscriminately, even in places visited by foreigners,” the note said.

Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, is a US ally for regional security. He was re-elected in January in polls that the opposition said were neither free nor fair.

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)


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