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Parliament suspends Tuesday sitting after bomb explosion near National Assembly

KAMPALA —The deputy speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has suspended Parliament and asked the legislators to remain at home, according to Daily Monitor.

All activities for the day have been suspended at Parliament, starting with committee meetings.

Among asked Members of Parliament and Parliament staff to remain at home.

“Parliament has been closed and MPs are asked not to come here, but remain at home,” Ms Among said.

The decision comes minutes after two explosions rocked the Ugandan capital’s city center within 30 minutes of each other on Tuesday, according to police and a journalist at the scene of one of the blasts.

One blast went off near the Central Police Station and another near Parliament.

The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear.

The first explosion occurred at about 10 a.m. local time on Kampala’s Buganda Road, according to the journalist at the scene.

Police and army personnel cordoned off streets around the blast site and several ambulances were deployed.

Images on social media showed several people lying on the streets near the entrance of Central Police Station and Kampala’s High Court, though there is no clarity on the dead or injured at this point.

At Parliamentary Avenue, where the second explosion occurred, all streets have been cordoned off by security, with legislators and parliamentary staff evacuated.

Office buildings shook when the blasts went off, some witnesses have told reporters.

The cause of the blasts, or if there have been any casualties, are not yet confirmed.

Last month, two separate explosions in the country killed two people. One killed a waitress at a bar and the other, a suicide bomber who had smuggled the explosives onto a bus.

Authorities in the country have blamed the October blasts on the Ugandan Islamist militant group, the Allied Democratic Forces, who are based in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

At least 50 people have been arrested, and some charged in court, since those recent incidents.

The Daily Monitor newspaper has shared a video of cars burning outside an insurance building after the blast.

This is a developing story, more to come.

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