"Three people came and left a package in kaveera which later on exploded, killing one person and injuring five others. It seems to be a terrorist act but we shall get the perpetrators," his statement reads in part.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni says the explosive incident
that occurred on Saturday night seems to be a
The said explosion occurred at around 9;00 p.m. at a small
eatery called Georon next to the famous Digida Pork joint in Komamboga. The explosion reportedly left one person dead and several others injured.
Communicating through his Twitter handle on Sunday
morning, President Museveni noted that he has been briefed that the said
explosive might have been planted by a group of three people.
"Three people came and left a package in a kaveera which
later on exploded, killing one person and injuring five others. It seems to be
a terrorist act but we shall get the perpetrators," his statement reads in
The president adds that police specialists are on the ground
investigating the whole incident and at later stage they will give the nation
more information on the suspected terrorist attack and guidelines on vigilance
by the Public dealing with these possible terrorists.
“The public should not fear; we shall defeat this
criminality like we have defeated all the other criminality committed by the
pigs who don't respect life,” he president added.
Although the president decried the bombing as a possible
terrorist act, security agencies are yet to comment on who they believe is responsible
for the explosion.
Currently the scene of crime has been condoned off by police
with most of the roads leading the place sealed off. However, a big crowd of
resident have gathered behind the police line which has been place almost 50
metres from the scene. Meanwhile, the attacked place seems to be in the blind spot
from of the national CCTV cameras.
On October 14, 2021 the United Kingdom and France warned of a possible terrorists’ attack
in Uganda. However, police
reportedly said that there was no need to elevate the threat levels.
Earlier in the morning, Uganda Radio
Network reporters visited the scene but revealed that it has since been
cordoned off by various security agencies who cannot allow people to enter inside
and observe what the scene looks like following the explosion.
However, some sources
who preferred anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matters say that the
blast left behind a huge hole at the Centre of where people were seated
and that some fragments hit people and cars as far as 100 meters.
Going by President
Museveni’s words that this was a terrorism act through use of a bomb, it would
mean that this is the second time the suspected terrorists are hitting Uganda with
Uganda last suffered a major terror attack on July 11, 2010 after a militant
Islamist group, Al-Shabab, killed over 75 people in a Kampala twin-bombing as
hundreds watched a football World Cup final match.
But in the aftermath 14
people were arrested and of these, nine were found guilty and sentenced to a
punishment ranging between 35 years to 50 years in jail while others were given
life imprisonment by the then High Court Judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo in 2016.