Two explosions rock Ugandan capital Kampala

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Two loud explosions rocked Uganda’s capital, Kampala, early on Tuesday, in what police termed “an attack” on the city.

Both blasts took place in the central business district, one near the Central Police Station and a second one near the entrance to Parliament.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, said in a Twitter post that at least 24 people have been hospitalized with injuries sustained in the blasts. Four of them are critically injured, he said.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

Some lawmakers were seen evacuating the precincts of the parliamentary building nearby.

A Ugandan news channel reporter said he saw pieces of flesh scattered on the road.

The station said on Twitter that Salim Uhuru, Mayor of Kampala Central, had confirmed an acquaintance had been killed in one of the explosions.

Security officers deployed sniffer dogs to search for evidence around the sites of the explosions.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Last month, two people, including a waitress, were killed in a blast claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) group.

Also last month, Ugandan police said a suicide bomber had exploded on a bus, killing himself and injuring others.

 

SOURCE: NEWS AGENCIES

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