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US government condemns Kampala bombings

KAMPALA bombings

According to reports, at least 17 police officers were injured in the two bomb blasts in Kampala City (PHOTO /Courtesy)

KAMPALA —The United States has condemned Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Kampala, Uganda, that left six people dead and over 35 injured.

In a statement, the US offered to support Uganda in the fight against 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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