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Two explosions rocked the Ugandan capital’s city center within 30 minutes of each other on Tuesday, according to police and a journalist at the scene of one of the blasts.
One blast went off near the Central Police Station and another near Parliament. The cause of the explosions was not immediately clear and no group has claimed responsibility.
The first explosion occurred at about 10 a.m. local time on Kampala’s Buganda Road, according to the journalist at the scene.
Ugandan state minister Kabbyanga Godfrey Baluku Kiime tweeted about the explosion, saying: “There has been a bomb blast at the headquarters of [the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and National Guidance]. All of us are safe. A few colleagues were hurt by flying window glasses and debris.”
Police and army personnel cordoned off streets around the blast site and several ambulances were deployed.
Images on social media showed several people lying on the streets near the entrance of Central Police Station and Kampala’s High Court, though there is no clarity on the numbers of dead or injured at this point.
At Parliamentary Avenue, where the second explosion occurred, all streets have been cordoned off by security, with legislators and parliamentary staff evacuated.
Last month, an explosion in Kampala killed at least one person and injured several others. Reuters reported that the Islamic State had claimed responsibility for that blast.
A number of police officers are admitted into the Mulago Referral Hospital’s casualty ward where they are receiving treatment for injuries sustained after an explosion went off at the Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala this morning.
23 police officers (2 reported dead)
27 civilians have been injured in the blast. Police to issue a formal statement soon.
Footage from the Police CCTV camera minutes before the explosion.
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