ISIS claims responsibility for bomb attack in Uganda

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed at least one person in Uganda’s capital Kampala on Saturday.

The militant group announced their involvement in a statement posted in an affiliated Telegram channel on Sunday, Reuters reported.

Some of its members, the IS group said, detonated an explosive device in a bar where “members and spies of the Crusader Ugandan government were gathering.”

The explosion, which occurred on Saturday night, killed a 20-year-old waitress and injured three people, two of whom were in critical condition according to the police.

It is the first such deadly attack in many years in Kampala, a bustling city of two million on the shores of Lake Victoria.

But it followed an uptick in recent weeks of signs and warnings that a strike could be imminent.

On October 8, the Islamic State group claimed its first attack in Uganda, an alleged bombing of a police post in the Kawempe area, near where Saturday’s explosion occurred.

In a statement issued through its communication channels, the group claimed a unit from its Central Africa operation had detonated an improvised explosive device that resulted in injuries and damage to police infrastructure.

However in the following days, both the UK and France updated their travel advice for Uganda, urging vigilance in crowded areas and public places like restaurants, bars and hotels.

 

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