At Least Three Killed, Dozens Injured in Kampala Suicide Bombings

This article was updated at 2021-11-17 00:17.
Two suicide bomb attacks in the Ugandan capital killed at least three people and injured 36 others on Nov. 16, officials said.

Ugandan Police Force (UPF) said that the first attack occurred when a man detonated a device near the checkpoint to the Central Police Station in Kampala at around 10:03 a.m. local time.

The blast killed two people and injured several others, some of whom were in critical condition, according to UPF.

Another blast occurred three minutes later when two suicide bombers on motorcycles detonated the explosives at the Raja Chambers and Jubilee Insurance Building along the Parliament Avenue.

UPF initially placed the number of victims from both attacks to 33, but according to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Twitter, the number has risen to 36.

At least five were critically injured, according to UPF.

Jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the bombings.

UPF also said that police squads managed to pursue a fourth suicide bomb attacker in Bwaise and neutralized an explosive device in his home at Katooke, a village in the town of Nansana.

UPF said they will pursue other members of terror groups.

According to Museveni, the police will also issue guidelines on checkpoints to protect buildings and occupants.

The deadly attacks came 22 days after the last suicide bomb attack on a Swift Safari Bus.

“It clearly shows that [Allied Democratic Forces]-linked radicalized groups, still have a desire to carry out lethal attacks, on soft targets, using suicide attackers and improvised explosive devices,” UPF said.

Allied Democratic Forces is an extremist group affiliated with the IS.

Museveni warned terrorists saying, “They have exposed themselves when we are more ready for urban terrorism. They will perish.”

“The terrorists invited us and we are coming for them,” Museveni added.


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