New Delhi: Two explosions rocked the Ugandan capital Kampala on Tuesday morning, causing panic and people taking cover, the AP news agency reported. Twin blasts are treated as coordinated attacks. Nothing has been said about the victims yet.
Meanwhile, a video posted online by Para-badminton India’s official Twitter account showed smoke billowing near where the explosions occurred and also confirmed that several bombings had taken place 100 meters from the official hotel where the Indian Para Badminton was staying and that they are safe.
The Indian team is safe! There are several bombings 100 meters from the official hotel in which @parabadmintonIN team staying incl. @GauravParaCoach
& @ PramodBhagat83 @ manojsarkar07@ joshimanasi11@IndiainUganda@Media_SAI @ParalympicIndia @YASMinistry @IndiaSports @PMOIndia https://t.co/bAlsNdK4XS pic.twitter.com/TldWuwlXUn
– Para-Badminton India (@parabadmintonIN) November 16, 2021
Witnesses said one of the explosions took place near a police station and the other exploded on the side of the road near the Parliament building. According to the AP news agency, the explosion near Parliament likely targeted a building housing the office of an insurance company. Due to the explosion, the vehicles parked there caught fire. According to national broadcaster UBC, some MPs were seen leaving the neighboring Parliament complex.
At least 24 people have been hospitalized with injuries sustained in the blasts, Health Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona said in a Twitter post.
As a result of the unfortunate and cowardly act of terrorism, our health workers are working tirelessly to save the lives of those injured. @MulagoHospital is currently caring for about 24 victims. Reports say four are in critical condition
– Ainebyoona Emmanuel (@ainbyoo) November 16, 2021
“What we can say (is) that this is an attack, but who is responsible is an issue that is under investigation,” Deputy Inspector General of Police said. Ugandan Edward Ochom to the AFP news agency.
VIDEO: This is what our reporter, Sudhir Byaruhanga told us as soon as he arrived on Parliament Avenue, where a bomb exploded a few minutes ago. #NTVNews
– NTV UGANDA (@ntvuganda) November 16, 2021
Whether the evictions were triggered by a bomb or some other way remains to be confirmed. Ugandan officials have urged people to exercise caution following a spate of bombings in recent weeks.
One person was killed and at least seven others were injured in an explosion at a restaurant in Kampala on October 23.
The Allied Democratic Forces, a subsidiary of the Islamic State group in Central Africa, claimed responsibility for the attack on the restaurant.
(With access point inputs)