Nov 28, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Kampala attacks toll rises to four as security tightened in capital

The death toll from two suicide bombings in Uganda’s capital rose to four on Wednesday as armed police and soldiers patrolled the attacks by the Islamic State Group in Kampala.

Ugandans were urged to stay abreast Alert following Tuesday’s attacks, the latest in a string of bombings against the East African nation.

Checkpoints have been set up on several streets in Kampala while the areas where the two bombings took place have been closed to motorists while investigative teams comb through the sites of the explosion.

“Security in and around Kampala has been strengthened to ensure the public is protected from potential threats,” said Luke Owoyesigyire, Kampala City Police Spokesman.

< p> “We encourage the public to remain on high alert as the threats are real and high.”

The attack occurred on Tuesday n met within minutes, with two suicide bombers on motorcycles disguised as local “Boda Boda”. Motorbike taxi drivers set fire to a device near Parliament, wh A third attacker aimed at a checkpoint near the central police station.

Police said Tuesday that three people were killed in the attacks. Baterana Byaruhanga, executive director of Mulago National Referral Hospital, told reporters on Wednesday that a fourth victim died overnight from his injuries.

Military police were deployed to guard all entrances to the sprawling medical facility, Dozens of victims were treated, many of them police officers.

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“I have temporarily stopped work to look after my children until it is safe to go to work “added Nabukeera, who has two children.

Remain vigilant

The bombings that police said were the work of” domestic terrorists “working with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group active in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, followed two attacks last month for which Uganda has also been blamed. The investigation was ongoing , and the police followed e suspects, after foiling a third attack, mbing on Tuesday and shot the attacker.

In a statement late Tuesday, President Museveni urged citizens to “stay vigilant, the people at the entrances to bus parks “Control hotels, churches, mosques and markets”.

The Ugandan police arrested a number of suspected ADF agents last month and warned that extremists are likely to be planning a new attack on “large facilities”.

Uganda also has the group foiled for a bomb attack in August on the funeral of An. blamed army commander who led a major offensive against al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia.

In March of this year, Washington linked the ADF with ISIS, which began some ADF attacks on social media in April 2019 claim and introduce the group as its regional branch – the Central African Province of Islamic State or ISCAP.

The ADF, originally a Ugandan rebel group, has been accused of killing thousands of civilians in eastern DRC have Antwerp.

“It could be related to an increasing influence of jihadist elements within the ADF in recent years,” he said.

Experts consider the ADF to be the bloodiest of more than 120 armed groups roam eastern DRC, many of them the legacy of two regional wars a quarter of a century ago.

In 2010, two bombings in Kampala that targeted fans ger who followed the World Cup final, leaving 76 people dead, Al-Shabaab pleaded responsibility.

The attack was seen as revenge for Uganda, which carried troops to Somalia as part of an African Union mission sent to face al-Shabaab.