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Tension grips Kampala City after Twin Bomb Blasts

Red Cross team responding to the explosion scene at parliament avenue

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Uganda’s Capital, Kampala has on Tuesday been gripped with tension and panic following two suspected bomb blasts that went off at Kooki Towers opposite Central Police Station (CPS) and another one at Parliamentary Avenue, a few meters away from the Parliament Building.

According to reports coming in, several have been injured in the explosion although police authorities had not yet reported the exact number of fatalities by press time.  

An eyewitness at the scene told reporters that about 15 people had sustained critical injuries in the explosion at CPS in Kampala.
“I saw more than 15 injured people and I saw more than two bodies with my own eyes,” said an eyewitness.

According to a report by Daily Monitor, 27 people have already been admitted at Mulago National Referral Hospital emergency unit, seven of these in critical condition although some staff at the facility report a number more than that.  

The massive explosions were heard in a radius of over 700m from the blast scenes along Parliamentary Avenue and City Square, a popular convergence point.

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Security detectives condoning off the scene at parliament avenue

Security has already cordoned off the scene and dismissed journalists from the area.

Meanwhile, both scenes of crime have been visited by AIGP Abbas Byakagaba (Director of police counter-terrorism), Maj Gen Abel Kandiho (Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence), and AIGP Edward Ochom (Police Director Operations).

Uganda has recently been under a wave of deadly domestic terror attacks with the Islamic State-linked Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) insurgents claiming some.  

In 2010, Uganda suffered a twin bombing that killed at least 74 people after Al Shabab terrorists blew up revelers during a World Cup final match.

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