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Ethiopia condemns terrorist attacks in Uganda’s capital Kampala

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 (PHOTO /UG Standard)

KAMPALA —Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday November 17 condemned suicide attacks that targeted Uganda’s capital Kampala.

“The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has learned with dismay of the deaths and injuries of civilians and police officers on November 16, 2021, of the twin terrorist attacks in Kampala,” said a Foreign Ministry statement.

It condemned the “cowardly attacks in strongest terms” and conveyed its deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and said the Horn of Africa country was standing solidarity with the people and government of the Republic of Uganda.

A statement added that Ethiopia had also been a victim of similar terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of innocent people and destroyed property.

“The government of Ethiopia and Uganda deployed their men and women in uniform in Somalia, realizing that cooperation is indispensable in fighting terrorism”

“The Government of Ethiopia is confident that the attack in Kampala will not deter Uganda or any other African countries from further fighting terrorism with even more resolve”.

At least six people were killed in twin explosions early Tuesday, including three presumed suicide bombers, according to Ugandan police officials.

Police counter-terrorism response teams shot and injured a would-be fourth bomber after the explosions near parliament and the Central Police Station, according to police spokesperson Fred Enanga.

Police said terrorists from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – a group active in Uganda and neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo – are responsible for the attack. The U.S. has linked the ADF with the Daesh terrorist group.

Police put the provisional number of injuries at 33.

In a statement late Tuesday, President Yoweri Museveni urged citizens to “maintain vigilance of checking people at entry points to bus parks, hotels, churches, mosques, markets” and vowed that the attackers “will perish”.

 

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