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African Union, IGAD express solidarity with Uganda over terror attacks

A twin suicide bombing killed at least three people in the heart of Uganda’s capital on Tuesday, sending members of parliament and others rushing for cover as cars burst into flames in the latest in a wave of bomb attacks.

A twin suicide bombing killed at least three people in the heart of Uganda’s capital on Tuesday, sending members of parliament and others rushing for cover as cars burst into flames in the latest in a wave of bomb attacks.

KAMPALA — The African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have condemned the twin bombings in Kampala, which claimed six lives on Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, said: “The AU stands in total solidarity with the people and Government of Uganda following terrorist attacks in Kampala that I condemn in the strongest terms. Our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes for a full recovery to the injured.”

The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, also condemned the terrorist attack in Kampala.

He extended condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Uganda.

“The Executive Secretary supports the Government of Uganda in its fight against terrorism within principles of rule of law and respect for human rights,” IGAD said in a statement.

This comes after the US government also condemned the attacks and offered support to the government in fighting terrorism.

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s terrorist attack in central Kampala. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed, and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured,” the statement read in part.

“The United States’ support for the Ugandan people is unwavering as we work toward our shared goal of a secure, democratic, and prosperous Uganda,” it added.

The bomb blasts occurred at the entrance of Central Police Station (CPS) Kampala while another one was at Parliamentary Avenue, with the Inspectorate of Government offices on Jubilee Insurance Building the most affected.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga said their CCTV cameras captured two suicide bombers on motorcycles disguising as boda boda riders around Parliamentary Avenue where one attack happened, while the third was seen carrying a bag around CPS, the scene of the other attack.

Police said their intelligence indicates that the attacks were planned by militants linked to Allied Defence Forces (ADF), an outfit with bases in DR Congo.

“Our intelligence indicates that these are domestic terror groups that are linked to ADF. We have managed to counter several bomb threats in this country. The threat is against the lives of all Ugandans, from an enemy that we all know. Let’s work together to fight this threat,” Enanga said.

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