6 confirmed dead in Kampala Bomb attacks -Police

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IS claims responsibility for two bomb blasts rocked Kampala city on Tuesday; Courtesy Photo

Uganda Police have confirmed that six people died in the Tuesday morning terrorist attack in the Capital Kampala.

During a press conference held at Nagulu Police Headquaters, the force’s spokesperson Fred Enanga said the first bomb went off at 10:03AM at Kampala Central Police Station CPS followed by another one at 10:06AM at Raja Chambers near Jubilee Building along Parliament Avenue .

Police confirmed that the double incidents were suicide bomb attacks.

One suspected suicide bomber was captured in a police CCTV footage which showed an adult male with a black jacket carrying a backpack approaching a checkpoint at Central Police Station before a big blast went off. According to Enanga, the blast from this bomb covered a radius of about 30 metres from the CPS check point up to the front desk area.

This bomb killed 3 people including a suicide bomber.

Police says other two suicide bombers disguising as bodaboda riders blew themselves up at Raja Chambers along Parliament Avenue.

The casuality list has been confirmed at 33 wth 5 who are in critical condition. The injured 25 in total are receiving medical treatment at Mulago Refferal Hospital.

Police says a fourth suicide bomber only identified as Mozey was tracked up to Katooke Nansana where he was arrested from. Upon a search conducted at his home, police says a suicide jacket and bomb-making items were recovered.

Enanga said Counter-antitertorrism teams have taken over the scenes of crime from which body parts including skulls have been retreived.

Police says the hallmarks of the bomb attacks and the strategy employed by attackers indicate that this is domestic terrorism by a radicalized group linked to Allied Democratic Forces ADF.

The attack in Kampala comes 22 days after another suicide bomber blew himself inside a bus in Mpigi along Kampala -Masaka Road. The bus attack however came barely two days after another bomb explosion killed two people at Digida Pork Joint, Komanboga, Kawempe Division.

Police reassured the public and visitors to Uganda that security will continue to hunt the perpetrators and their collaborators to avoid reoccurance of such attacks.

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