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Scores dead as explosions rock Kampala City Centre


Scores dead as explosions rock Kampala City Centre

An unconfirmed number of persons have died following multiple explosions in the Kampala City Centre.

The explosions happen at the IPS building opposite Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA on Parliamentary Avenue and the Central Police Station respectively. 

The explosion on Parliamentary avenue went off a few minutes after 10 am and vehicles around Jubilee Building were on fire, triggering panic. At the scene, two dead bodies were visible and they seem to have been traveling on a motorcycle.

Security operatives rushed to the scene and evacuated buildings including Parliament. Several people were also taken in ambulances and it remains unclear how many of these were alive or dead.
Only journalists and security officers with clear identification are allowed to access the area of the blast. Parliament sitting has also been called off, while MPs who were not yet at the office were told to stay away.

At CPS, more than three bodies were visible after the explosion. One of the deceased is only identified as Katongole, who was at the police quarter guard.

Katongole’s death was confirmed by his friend Salim Saad Uhuru, the central division mayor of Kampala who says he was in the neighborhood when the blast went off.

The injured have been rushed to the KCCA hospital, while others were evacuated to Mulago. All KCCA workers have been told to leave offices before 1PM.

It is unclear who could be behind the attacks, but in the recent past, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack in Komamboga.

Police are yet to issue an official statement.

Details to follow………

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