Uganda's president says deadly blast likely a terrorist act

KAMPALA (UGANDA) President Yoweri Museveni stated on Sunday that an explosion at a restaurant in Kampala, Uganda, was an apparent terrorist act.
Museveni stated that three men entered the restaurant in Kampala's suburb on Saturday night and left behind a bag. The contents of the bag later burst.

In a series Twitter posts, he did not provide any further details but promised to pursue the perpetrators.

According to police, at least one person died in the explosion and seven were injured.

This eatery is very popular with commuters.

The scene has been sealed off by police, who said that a bomb squad was investigating the blast. This recalls painful memories of the deadly bombing that claimed the lives of over 70 people in Kampala in 2010. Al-Shabab, a Somali Islamic extremist group, carried out the attack. It claimed it was reacting to Uganda's deployment of peacekeeping troops in the Horn of Africa country.

In recent years, there haven't been any similar explosions and Uganda is relatively peaceful.

The U.K. government had updated its Uganda travel advisory in October, to warn that extremists could attempt to attack this East African country.

This advisory warns that attacks could be random and even in foreign-visited areas.

Museveni has been in power since 1986 and is an American ally for regional security. In January, he was reelected in elections that the opposition claimed were neither free nor fair.

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