KAMPALA, UGANDA: Makerere University Business School (MUBS) has announced that all student bags including backpacks are suspended inside the university following a twin blast that rocked the city center on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.
Social media was on Tuesday morning washed with photos and videos that showed heavy clouds of smoke and some cars burning near Jubilee Insurance along Parliamentary Avenue after suspected suicide bombers detonated an explosion on themselves at around 10:06 am.
Another explosion was reported at Kooki towers, opposite Central Police Station in Kampala leaving many scores reported injured.
In response to the terror attack and threat, MUBS in a circular released dated 16th November said only transparent clear bags for books will be allowed inside the university from now onwards until the security situation normalizes in the country.
“Considering the current terrorism threats in the country, security is making all efforts possible to protect everyone both within and outside the University. Bags have been declared a serious security threat to students and non-students during this harsh period. Therefore, this Is to inform all students that with effect from 17th — November- 2021 (Wednesday) security will not allow hags to enter MUBS gate until further notice,” a statement from MUBS read on Tuesday afternoon.
“All business. carried out at the main gate are also suspended.”
The twin attacks follow two blasts last month — a bus explosion near Kampala that wounded many people and a bombing at a roadside eatery in the capital that killed one woman.
Police said last month both those attacks were connected and were carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) which the United States has linked to the Islamic State group.
The ADF is considered by experts to be the bloodiest of more than 120 armed groups that roam eastern DRC, many of them a legacy of two regional wars a quarter-century ago.