The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings that occurred in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, on Tuesday morning.
Seven people were killed, 33 were injured, and five were gravely injured in twin explosions that shook Kampala on Tuesday morning, according to reports.
According to sources, one explosion occurred about 9.20 a.m. near a police Central Police Station near the Parliamentary Business and another occurred near an Insurance building in Kampala.
Three suicide bombers, Abdul Rehman al-Ugandan, Abu Shaheed al-Ugandan, and Abu Sabar al-Ugandan, disguised as bodaboda motorcyclists, carried out the attack in the Ugandan capital, according to an Islamic State statement released Tuesday night.
According to Ugandan Police Spokesman Fred Enanga Security officers averted the third attempt, by retrieving an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) from the residence of a suicide bomber who was shot and injured
The attacks were blamed on a “local terror cell” associated with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed force active in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern region.
The attacks were blamed on a “local terror cell” associated to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed force active in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern region.
The group was also blamed by police in the country for a failed bomb attempt on the funeral of an Army Commander who spearheaded a key offensive against Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia in August.
In recent weeks, there have been reports of explosions in Uganda’s capital. On Oct. 23, an explosion at a restaurant in a Kampala suburb killed one person and injured at least seven others.
On the same day, police reported another explosion on a passenger bus, although this time just the suicide bomber was killed.