Fruit shaped bomb kills two children in Uganda, ISIS suspected

A blast has killed at least two children in a Ugandan village as the country grapples with the third bomb attack in a week.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Friday’s incident. According to a senior police official, the device looked like an exotic “jackfruit” and was given to the children while they were playing.

The explosion occurred in Nakaseke district, 60km north of the capital, Kampala. It killed a 14-year-old and a second child with disabilities, police spokesman Asan Kasingye said in a tweet.

Uganda has been the target of multiple attacks over the past week. A bomb packed with nails and shrapnel exploded in a popular restaurant in Kampala, killing one person and wounding three others on October 23.

The ISIL (ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on an affiliated Telegram channel.

The group said some of its members detonated an explosive device in a bar where “members and spies of the Crusader Ugandan government were gathering” in Kampala.

On Monday, a second bomb went off on a bus, killing the suspected attacker and injuring several commuters. Police initially said two people were killed.

Ugandan authorities have been investigating the attacks.