A bomb explosion in a bar has left at least one dead and three injured in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. President Yoweri Museveni said the incident appears to be an act of terrorism.
President Museveni made his comments Sunday in a series of tweets, pledging to bring the perpetrators to justice. His remarks come hours after Saturday’s blast tore through the Digida bar, which was packed with people eating and drinking.
Nalweyiso Jemima, a waitress at the bar, said: “We thought it was gunshots considering this bar had been in the news.” She also said: “We 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 ripped to pieces; another had his hand and feet blown off.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga said the joint task force team also characterized the incident as an act of terrorism.
“Three men, disguised as customers, arrived at the catering outlet around 8.30 p.m. 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 then disappeared, abandoning their package at the scene,” he said.
Enanga said the blast covered a radius of five square meters, suggesting an improvised explosive device had been used.
“Our joint team of bomb experts established that the explosion came from a crude device that was assembled using local materials of nails and other metal fragments,” he said.
No liability has been claimed.
Earlier this month Britain issued an alert in which it warned that terrorists were planning attacks in the African nation, but Ugandan police said at this stage there was no link between Saturday night’s incident and the warnings.