Uganda: Two explosions rock capital Kampala; at least 3 killed, dozens injured

At least three police officers were killed and more than two dozen people injured in the first of two explosions in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Tuesday morning.

The two explosions rocked the city center within 30 minutes of each other, 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 10:00am local time in Kampala’s Buganda Road, according to reports.

The Mulago National Referral Hospital received 27 people with multiple injuries from the blast at the Central Police Station, reports said.

Most of the patients were police officers, 19 people were in a critical condition.

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.”

Traffic in Kampala has been severely restricted following the explosions, with authorities urging public to close businesses and leave the area.

Police and army personnel cordoned off streets around the blast site and several ambulances were deployed.

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. Islamic State had claimed responsibility for that blast.