Islamic State claims Kampala bombing

Image copyright PA Image caption Soldiers inspect the site of the morning blast in Kampala Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast that killed at least three people in Uganda’s capital, Kampala….

Islamic State claims Kampala bombing

Image copyright PA Image caption Soldiers inspect the site of the morning blast in Kampala

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast that killed at least three people in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.

Kampala Police spokesman Luke Owoyesigyire said there had been two explosions near hotels in an area where Westerners often stay.

He said the explosions were caused by “homemade explosives” but gave no other details.

Six people were killed and 41 injured in the blasts, Uganda’s health minister told state-run media.

The BBC’s Christian Fraser in Uganda says there has been chaos in the city as crowds took to the streets.

Some roads in the eastern and southwestern districts of Kampala were blocked by traffic jams.

The Health Ministry said six of the 41 injured victims died in hospital.

Insecurity is on the rise in Uganda, an African state with a Muslim population of more than 10%.

Friday’s blasts took place at a busy intersection, across the road from the International Conference Centre, where African leaders gathered this week for a summit.

Mr Owoyesigyire told local radio that there were only two blasts, saying the first killed a Ugandan man and the second a woman believed to be a Japanese national.

He said evidence was still being taken to a city police headquarters laboratory to confirm whether the force of the explosions could be linked to Islamic State or any other group.

“This was not an attack by the Somalia Islamic Courts Union,” he said, referring to the group blamed for a suicide bombing in 2009 that left 75 people dead.

Uganda is an ally of the United States in its fight against terrorism, and is home to around 60,000 Rwandan refugees who fled a 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

It also borders Democratic Republic of Congo, a country with which it is repeatedly accused of supporting a rebel group.

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