According to a statement released on Sunday through a subsidiary account, the Islamic State (IS) group claimed to have carried out a bomb attack in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, which killed at least one person and injured many others on the night of Saturday, October 23. Message in Telegram.The operation was carried out in a popular restaurant in the Komamboga district, where there are “Members and spies of the Ugandan government of the Crusaders”, Specify the text.
Uganda police spokesman Fred Enanga said that the alleged perpetrators arrived at around 8.30pm (5:30pm GMT) and they brought a plastic bag under the table. “The suspect detonated the device shortly after leaving the scene”About thirty minutes after they arrived, he explained that he described an explosive device “General” Contains nails and metal pieces.
The explosion claimed the life of 20-year-old waitress Emily Nyinaneza. Three injured were hospitalized and two of them are in critical condition. The national curfew aimed at coping with the Covid-19 pandemic is still in effect in Uganda from 7pm, but it has not been uniformly observed.
A few hours before the attack, President Yoweri Museveni said on his Twitter account: “This seems to be an act of terror. (…) The people need not be afraid, we will end this crime, because we have ended the crimes committed by other pigs who disrespect human life. “
There were multiple attacks in a few months
The country has repeatedly declared to be the target of jihadist groups. On October 8, the Islamic State (IS) organization claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Kawempe Police Station, which was near the site where the bombing occurred on Saturday.
In August, Uganda claimed to have thwarted a suicide bombing attack on the national funeral of senior army official Paul Lokech, who led an Islamic insurgent linked to al Qaeda in Somalia The battle of Chabab. The alliance operates in that country, Amisom.
He also participated in the Ugandan Army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Muslim rebel organization that appeared in Uganda but has been rooted in the Democratic Republic of Congo for nearly three decades, where he was accused of killing Thousands of civilians.President Museveni blamed the funeral of General Roch for the attempted attack “ADF Terrorist”.
IS uses ADF as its branch in Central Africa. In March, the United States included the group on the list. “Terrorist organization” Belongs to the Islamic State.
A very tense background
In July, the Ugandan police announced that they had arrested four suspects and killed one-fifth during their investigation into the assassination of the Minister of Transportation and the former army commander-in-chief General Edward Katoomba Vamara. “Terrorist organization”The suspect had received ADF training in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and “Begin to reactivate the local terrorist organization” In Uganda, the police said.
General Katumba Wamala was shot and wounded on the 1stUh In June, north of Kampala, a masked motorcyclist attacked his vehicle, killing his daughter and a bodyguard.
In 2010, there were two bombings against supporters participating in the FIFA World Cup finals in Kampala, killing 76 people. They were claimed by the Somali Al-Shabaab and were seen as retaliation for Uganda’s participation in AMISOM.
This new attack occurred in a very stressful environment. Ten months after Yoweri Museveni’s sixth consecutive controversial re-election, the suppression of the opposition continues. On Friday, six members of Afiego (African Energy Governance Institute) were arrested and detained on Friday, October 22. Detained at Kampala Police Station. Afiego is one of 54 NGOs that were shut down by Ugandan authorities in August for alleged violations of the law.
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