Uganda police suspect Islamist group behind Kampala explosions

Several explosions have killed one person and injured at least five others in Uganda, said officials. The explosion came days after a bomb attack in Kenya that left 14 people dead. Several unexploded grenades…

Uganda police suspect Islamist group behind Kampala explosions

Several explosions have killed one person and injured at least five others in Uganda, said officials. The explosion came days after a bomb attack in Kenya that left 14 people dead.

Several unexploded grenades were reported at two places in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, a spokeswoman for the police said, adding that two suspects had been arrested.

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Lillian Mutesi, the police spokeswoman, said the bombing occurred in an upmarket residential neighbourhood, killing one person and injuring three others. She said the injured included two children, who were taken to hospital.

Firefighters also found four unexploded grenades at the scene, said Mike Niwa, the city fire officer.

Hours later in Malaba, a border town on the Kenyan side of the Nile near Uganda, a soldier was killed in a blast, the Ugandan army spokesman, Col Felix Kulayigye, said. The motive for the bomb was not immediately clear.

“I think security agencies have stepped up patrols in Malaba and the neighbouring countries,” Kulayigye said.

Both Uganda and Kenya have experienced a series of attacks since Kenya became an important regional hub in the east African region, in part because of its large expatriate community. Uganda has suffered several bombings, while Kenyan forces began operations in Somalia.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosions, but officials and security experts have linked the bombings to al-Shabaab, the al-Qaida-linked rebel group in Somalia. The group has recently carried out a series of bombings in Mogadishu, the capital, and other major cities across Somalia.

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