Armed police and soldiers patrolled the Ugandan capital on Wednesday as security increased after two Islamic State suicide attacks that killed three people in the heart of Kampala.
Ugandans were urged to stay there High alert after 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 for drivers while investigative teams comb through the explosion sites.
“Security in and around Kampala has been strengthened to ensure the public is protected from potential hazards,” Kampala city police spokesman Luke Owoyesigyire told AFP .
“We encourage the public to remain on high alert as the threats are real and high.” < / p>
The attacks on Tuesday came within minutes, with two suicide bombers on motorcycles disguised as local “Bodaboda” “motorcycle taxi drivers detonated a device near Parliament while a third attacker detonated a checkpoint near the.” central police station.
Several dozen people were injured, many of them police officers.
“I didn’t work in the market today because of the attacks yesterday,” said the 31- year old mother of two Sylvia Nabukeera, who works in Kampala’s Kikuubo commercial center, told AFP.
“I have temporarily stopped work to look after my children until it is safe to go to work” she added.
“Pay attention to vigilance”
The bombings that police said were the work of “domestic terrorists” who worked in with the allies Liaise with the Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group Uppe, who operates in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, followed two attacks in the past month that Uganda also accused the ADF of.
The investigation continued and the police followed up suspects after foiling a third Bomb attack on Tuesday and shooting of the attacker.
In a statement late Tuesday, President Yoweri Museveni urged citizens to “remain vigilant when screening people” t access points to bus parks, hotels, churches, mosques, Markets “.
The Ugandan police arrested a number of suspected ADF agents last month and warned that extremists are believed to be planning a new attack on” large facilities “.
The arrests followed Two explosions last month – a bus explosion near Kampala that injured many people and a bomb attack on a roadside restaurant in the capital that killed a woman.
Uganda h at the group also blamed for a foiled bomb attack in August on the funeral of an army commander who was leading a major offensive against Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia.
Washington joined the ADF with the IS in March of this year, who began claiming some ADF attacks on social media in April 2019 and presented the group as their regional branch – the ISCAP province of the Islamic State in Central Africa.
The ADF, historically a Ugandan rebel group, was accused of killing thousands of civilians in eastern DRC.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that the ADF is reorienting its activities to focus attention on Uganda,” said Kristof Titeca, an expert on the group University of Antwerp.
“This could be related to an increasing influence of jihadist elements within the ADF in recent years,” he told AFP.
The ADF is considered by experts to be the Considered bloodiest of the more than 120 armed groups that roam eastern DRC, many of them a legacy of two regional wars a quarter of a century ago.
In 2010, 76 people died in two bomb attacks in Kampala watched the World Cup final and Al-Shabaab admitted responsibility.
The attack was seen as revenge for the sending of Ugandan troops to Somalia as part of an African Union mission to confront Al-Shabaab. < / p>