Security beefed up in Kampala city after bombings

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Army officers on the streets. (courtesy photo)

There is heavy deployment in Kampala following multiple explosions that were heard in the city centre this morning.

One of the explosions went off at 10 am at the Central Police Station in Kampala, injuring police officers at the quarter guard and civilians who were standing under a tree shade in between CPS and Kooki Towers along Buganda Road.

The other went off near the IPS building along Parliament avenue.

All roads to the city have now been sealed off as police cordoned off Buganda Road, Lumumba Avenue and Parliament avenue as crime scenes.

The junction between Mapeera House, Mabirizi Plaza and City Square has been sealed off by military and police trucks and hundreds of people are now seen walking out of the central business district.

Shopping arcades along Luwum Street, Wilson Road and Dastur Street have been closed as police, and sniffer dogs took over the streets.

Persons found working have also been advised to close their shops and leave the city centre.

A joint security team of the Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce, Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF, Counter Terrorism Police, the Special Forces Command and Military Police have taken control of the city centre.

The Chief of Military Intelligence Maj Gen Abel Kandiho, the Director Counter-Terrorism, AIGP Abasi Byakagaba and the outgoing commander Military Police Brig-Gen Keith Katungi were seen at the scenes moments after the explosions.

In the aftermath, the Bomb squad blasted another bomb which was wrapped like a gift and placed on a transformer between Mabirizi and Kooki Towers.

Meanwhile, security has cordoned off part of Parliament avenue from the National Theatre blocking access to several offices in the area.

The side of Parliament Avenue from Uganda House has also been closed off and Military officers deployed to prevent any entry. Only security officers are allowed there.


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