At least 2 people have died after an explosion rocked Digida pork joint in Komamboga, Kampala. A girl, only identified as Emily, died on the spot. Another victim, a gentleman, died while being transported to a hospital. Traffic has been blocked in the area
The explosion targeted Digida Bar, a popular pork joint and bar in the area.
The development comes days after the UK and the French Embassy, respectively issued travel advisories and terror alerts to their citizens intending to travel to Uganda and those in Uganda.
“Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Uganda,” said the UK government, emphasising, “Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.”
France and UK did not provide detailed information to justify the terror alerts which police downplayed.
The embassies called upon their citizens to be extra alert and vigilant as they go about their daily activities.
Police and security forces have sealed roads leading to the area to commence investigations
Previous terrorist attacks and disrupted attacks in Uganda have targeted the security forces and places where football matches were being viewed.
The military intelligence recently killed a suspected terrorist who is said to have planned to explode bombs at the burial ceremony of ex-deputy police boss, Lt Gen Paul Lokech.
Several other suspects in the murders of prominent government officials and Muslim clerics have since been arrested.
Earlier this year, a terrorist cell attempted to assassinate the former Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala. The General’s daughter and driver were gunned down in the incident in Kampala.
In 2010 there were bomb attacks in Kampala at venues screening the World Cup final, killing over 70 people and injuring many more.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility and linked the attacks to Uganda’s military presence in Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM), and threatened further attacks in the region.