KAMPALA ( AXADLE) – Two explosions in the heart of Uganda’s capital killed at least two people and sent lawmakers away for protection when nearby cars burned, witnesses and media reported, the latest in a series of bombings in the past month.
The explosions – one very close to parliament and one near the central police station – prompted bloody office workers to look for cover over shards of broken glass as a plume of white smoke rose over the center, in what police called an “attack” on the city.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, said in a Twitter post that at least 24 people were taken to hospital with injuries sustained in the explosions. Four of them are seriously injured, he said.
“What we can say (is) that this was an attack but who is responsible is a matter under investigation,” Uganda’s deputy police inspector Edward Ochom told AFP.
Some lawmakers were seen evacuating the area to a nearby parliament building, according to national television broadcaster UBC.
A Ugandan news channel, NTV Uganda, reporter said he saw pieces of meat scattered on the road.
The station said on Twitter that Salim Uhuru, mayor of Kampala Central, had confirmed that an acquaintance had been killed in one of the explosions.
Uganda’s Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasiita told AFP it had sent a team to the area.
Security officials deployed sniffer dogs to search for evidence at the scene of the explosions.
There was no immediate liability. There was no immediate liability. The al-Qaeda-linked Somali insurgent group al Shabaab has carried out deadly attacks in Uganda. Last month, another group, the Islamic State-affiliated Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), launched its first attack in Uganda.
Also last month, Uganda police said a suicide bomber had exploded on a bus, killing himself and injuring others. His connection was unclear.
Ugandan troops are fighting al-Shabaab in Somalia as part of a UN-backed African Union peacekeeping force. Al Shabaab’s bombing in Uganda includes an attack in 2010 that killed 70 people watching the World Cup.
The ADF was originally founded by Ugandan Muslims but now has its main bases in the forested mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which borders Uganda.
Both ADF and al Shabaab often use explosive devices and have been accused of killing thousands of civilians.