Explosions near Uganda’s parliament

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attends an event with World Economic Forum members on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the institution, in Nairobi, Kenya, 21 March 2017. Three people have…

Explosions near Uganda's parliament

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni attends an event with World Economic Forum members on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the institution, in Nairobi, Kenya, 21 March 2017.

Three people have been killed in two separate explosions near Uganda’s parliament in the capital, Kampala, the police say.

Witnesses say they heard an explosion at around 07:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Thursday, followed by at least two more at around 08:00.

Police said one person was killed and another critically injured in the first blast, while another was killed and a third critically injured in the second.

“We have observed a big increase in organised crime within our country and the recent explosion in Kampala city shows that what is happening is getting bigger in scale,” Uganda’s army chief, Gen. Terence Kwizera, told a news conference.

“We want people to also be able to attend to their business peacefully without disturbing others,” he added.

A law officer at a local court told the BBC they had been evacuated as a precautionary measure but no other evidence indicated there was an attack.

A senior security official said they were investigating who was behind the blasts and could launch a nationwide manhunt for suspects.

The blast came less than two weeks after an ambulance carrying the body of a police officer was set on fire in Kampala. A man has been arrested over the incident.

Uganda’s parliament is currently in session and is holding an extraordinary sitting to debate issues relating to the country’s general election in February next year.

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