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Daesh carries out deadly twin bomb attacks in Ugandan capital

People extinguish the fire on cars caused by a bomb explosion near the parliament building in Kampala, Uganda, on November 16, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

The Daesh terror group has carried out two bomb attacks in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala, killing at least three people.

Police spokesman Fred Enanga said the explosions took place within three minutes of each other on Tuesday.

The attacks saw one bomber detonate explosives near the central police station. Shortly afterwards, two bombers on motorcycles set off explosive devices near the entrance to the parliament, prompting an evacuation of the legislative chamber.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga put the death toll at six, including police officers and the three bombers.

Enanga said 33 people were being treated in hospital, including five in critical condition.

Police said intelligence sources had pinned the attacks on the Daesh-aligned Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorist group.

“Our intelligence...indicates that these are domestic terror groups that are linked to ADF,” Enanga said.

Police caught another potential bomber and found an explosive device at his home, Enanga added.

Daesh later claimed responsibility for the terror attacks via its mouthpiece, the Amaq News Agency.

The ADF has pledged allegiance to Daesh. The terror group’s camps are based in the forested mountains of the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it has been blamed for thousands of civilian deaths.

The ADF is considered by regional security experts to be the most violent of more than 120 armed groups that exist in the eastern DRC.

Last month, Daesh claimed another deadly blast in Uganda, which targeted a restaurant on the outskirts of Kampala. One person was killed and three others injured in that attack.

Days earlier on October 8, Daesh targeted on a police post in Kawempe, in the first attack that the terror group claimed in the country.

In a statement, the Takfiri outfit claimed a unit from its Central Africa operation had detonated an improvised explosive device that resulted in injuries and damage to police infrastructure.

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