6 killed, scores injured in Kampala suicide bombing attacks
least six people were killed and several others injured on Tuesday in two
separate suicide bombing incidents in Kampala, Uganda.
The attacks occurred within three minutes of each other with the first bombing taking place at 10:03 am near Kampala Central Police Station and the other happening at 10:06 am near Raja Chambers and Jubilee Insurance building.
Confirming the incidents, Uganda Police spokesperson Fred Enanga revealed that a man was captured on CCTV surveillance near the Central Police Station before detonating an improvised explosive device (IED) that he had concealed in a backpack.
“When we reviewed the first pictures that came from the CCTV footage after the incident they clearly revealed a male suspect in a black jacket, carrying a backpack who detonated the bomb that he was carrying killing himself instantly,” Enanga said in a statement.
“The spillover effect from the bomb covered a radius of about 30 metres that is near the checkpoint to the front desk office at the Central Police Station. Two other people were confirmed dead from that suicide bombing attack.”
Seventeen people who were in the blast vicinity sustained injuries and are receiving treatment in hospital.
CCTV surveillance also captured two suicide bombers masquerading as boda boda operators at Raja Chambers who similarly detonated IEDs that they had concealed.
“They detonated bombs they were carrying on themselves that killed them instantly, So far 23 injured victims, 5 critically, have been rushed to Mulago National Hospital for further treatment," Enanga said.
“Our bomb experts and a team of forensics experts are still documenting the scene to come up with an actual number of victims.”
According to police reports, the 22-year-old assailant was part of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group affiliated with ISIS since 2016.