Two explosions in Ugandan capital kill two, injure dozens

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Two explosions in Ugandan capital kill two, injure dozens

KAMPALA, Uganda – Two explosions in the center of the Ugandan capital killed at least two people and set several cars on fire on Tuesday, local television reported.

NTV Uganda said “dozens” were injured and there were two explosions – one very near parliament and one near the central police station. Parliament was being evacuated, the TV channel reported.

A reporter from NTV Uganda said he saw two bodies. The cause of the explosions was not immediately clear.

“First responders included Red Cross personnel who were using fire extinguishers to bring the blaze down on Parliament Avenue,” the station said on Twitter.

Ugandan army spokesman Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso told Reuters there had been “several” explosions and “several” casualties, but declined to give further details.

Uganda Red Cross spokeswoman Irene Nakasiita said they would release information about the blasts later. The Ugandan police spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Ugandan soldiers fight al-Shabaab insurgents linked to al-Qaeda in Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping force. Al Shabaab carried out several deadly bombings in Uganda.

Islamic State first claimed responsibility for an explosion in Uganda last month. This bomb – filled with shrapnel – killed a waitress in a restaurant.

Also last month, Ugandan police said a suicide bomber blew up on a bus, killing himself and injuring others.

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