Two have been confirmed dead and scores injured following an explosion in Komamboga, a suburb of Kampala.
Noah Mukasa Sserumaga, one of the area leaders told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that the explosion was heard minutes to 9:00 pm at Digida eating point. Moments later, the area was engulfed in smoke and the sounds of people crying for help.
“…we do not know whether it was indeed a bomb, but one girl, an employee of the same place is dead. Seven others have been rushed to hospital,” Mukasa said. The Deceased has been identified as Emily.
Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson, said that teams from the bomb squad have responded to calls from the scene and the casualties have been rushed to Mulago hospital for treatment.
“The blast happened at Digida eating point, Komamboga, in Kawempe Division. One person has been fatally wounded and seven others rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital, with serious injuries,” Enanga said in a brief statement.
He added that the scene had been cordoned off, and joint task teams from the bomb squad called to thoroughly document the scene, to determine whether the explosion arose out of an intentional act or not.
“We ask the public to remain calm, as we establish the true circumstances surrounding the incident. Enanga Added”.
However sources in the Counter-terrorism and crime intelligence say that the blast could not have been a bomb blast since there were no flammable materials like gas cylinders.
According to the sources, the blast left behind a huge hole at the Centre of where people were seated. “Some fragments have hit people and cars as far as 100 meters,” the sources said.
On Thursday October 14, the United Kingdom warned of a possible terrorists attack in Uganda, but police reportedly said that there was no need to elevate the threat levels.