Kampala – A bomb explosion in a bar killed at least one person and injured three others in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. President Yoweri Museveni said the incident appears to be an act of terrorism.
President Museveni made his comments on Sunday in a series of tweets, pledging to bring the perpetrators to justice. His remarks come hours after Saturday’s explosion ravaged the Digida bar, which was packed with people eating and drinking.
Nalweyiso Jemima, a waitress at the bar, said: “We thought it was gunshots as this bar had been discussed in the media.” She also said: âWe were shocked to see that all the chairs had burned down; beer bottles were broken. I turned to see that a colleague’s back had been torn to pieces; another had his hands and feet torn off.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga said their joint task force also classified the incident as an act of terrorism.
âThree men, disguised as customers, arrived at the catering point around 8:30 pm and, among these three, one of them was carrying a polythene bag containing unknown objects which he placed under the table where they were seated. They subsequently disappeared, leaving their package at the scene, âhe said.
Enanga said the explosion covered a radius of five square meters, suggesting that an improvised explosive device was used.
“Our joint team of bomb experts determined that the explosion was from a rudimentary device assembled using local materials of nails and other metal fragments,” he said.
There was no claim of responsibility.
Earlier this month Britain issued an alert in which it warned terrorists were planning attacks in the African nation, but Ugandan police said at this point there was no connection between the Saturday night incident and the warnings.