Explosion in an Ugandan restaurant kills 1, injures 7 others

Police said a bomb squad had been deployed following the blast. (Luke Dray/ Getty Images)

A "serious blast" at a restaurant in the north of Kampala killed one person and injured seven others, Ugandan police said late Saturday.

According to authorities, investigators were seeking to determine the "true circumstances" behind the incident.

What do we know about the explosion?

The blast happened at an eating place in Kampala's Kawempe division, Uganda police spokesman Fred Enanga said on Twitter.

"One person has been fatally wounded and seven others rushed to Mulago National Referral hospital, with serious injuries," Enanga said.

"The scene has been cordoned off, and our joint task teams from the bomb squad called to thoroughly document the scene, to help determine whether the explosion arose out of an intentional act or not."

According to police, the incident occurred at 9 p.m. local time (1800 UTC) and targeted an eatery in a regularly bustling neighborhood of Kampala.

Authorities asked residents to remain calm and follow the country's curfew of 7 p.m., which was implemented to combat a COVID-19 outbreak.

What is the state of security in Uganda?

The so-called "Islamic State" claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a police station in Kawempe on October 8.

Ugandan police later confirmed a minor incident had happened, though no casualties or explosions were reported.

The United Kingdom and France recently updated their travel warning for Uganda, advising travelers to be extremely cautious in crowded locations.

"Terrorists will almost certainly attempt to carry out attacks in Uganda. Attacks could be carried out indiscriminately, even in sites frequented by foreigners "According to the most recent UK travel advice,

Two explosions by Somalia's Al-Shabaab killed 76 football fans in Kampala in 2010. It came after Ugandan troops were dispatched to Somalia as part of an African Union operation combating insurgency.

Publish : 2021-10-24 11:03:00

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