At least three killed in explosions near football field in Uganda

At least three people were killed and over a dozen others injured in two explosions in the Ugandan capital of Kampala on Friday. The explosions, which occurred at around 7 p.m. local time, were thought to be related to the ongoing construction work around the city’s Kyadondo Rugby Grounds. The games had just concluded when the first explosion ripped through the venue, injuring dozens of people. A second, stronger blast hit at a nearby police station.

Gunshots have been heard from inside the Uganda Capital and more explosions have been reported as @officialminister says: “we are in the firefight.” — New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) September 23, 2016

Kyadondo Rugby Grounds has been evacuated — PSCUYGRY (@SCOUSEATECH) September 23, 2016

Zachary Makumbi, 22, said that the bomb exploded “literally right outside my taxi.” Lira Province politician Rev. Antony Ssenyonjo, 61, said the blast was “very strong” and that “the main goal of this is to eliminate us and make sure there is no opposition movement.” DSP Major Charles Odege told Ugandan newspapers that a police officer “fell to the ground” in the aftermath of the blast and that police had found an explosive device “containing the equivalent of 21 U.S. pounds of TNT.”

The police force’s chief, George Kaggwa, told reporters: “If we are going to prove to the world that we can stop insurgents [in Uganda], then we will never commit those kind of acts… The police made enough arrests before today’s event.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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