#Uganda locals running for cover during #UgandaExplosion this morning –pic by @xxyugoxx pic.twitter.com/5NzcydyJZi — a thimo (@a_thimo) September 4, 2017
The U.S. Embassy in Uganda says three people are dead following two explosions in the country’s capital.
Ugandan National Police spokesperson Asan Kasingye says the first explosion took place Monday morning at the country’s parliament and police blamed Islamist extremist group al-Shabab.
Kasingye says the explosion damaged the building but no one was injured.
The second blast took place just outside the building and killed two people. Kasingye said “around 15” other people were injured in the explosions.
Al-Shabab, whose name translates to “The Youth,” is an Islamist militant group based in Somalia and is allied with al-Qaida.
The group has carried out a number of attacks in Somalia, Kenya and Uganda, accusing these countries of working with the African Union Mission in Somalia to combat them.
“So our intention is to kill non-believers, not just Christians or Muslims. We are after all non-believers. We will be targeting all non-believers and our target is going to be every single piece of property owned by non-believers in Uganda,” read a letter posted on the group’s website before the attack.
The group has also carried out attacks in Dadaab, a camp for refugees in Kenya, and in Kismayo, Somalia.
Tape over previous month’s attack found at site of Uganda bombing – pic.twitter.com/R8dfeO7cd7 — Simuwei Patricia (@Sustainable7) September 4, 2017
Two weeks ago, the U.S. ambassador to Uganda confirmed a plane carrying humanitarian relief supplies to eastern Congo was shot down by unknown attackers, killing 29 people on board.
Earlier this month, two American missionaries were killed in a bombing in Sierra Leone.
There is currently a State Department advisory warning U.S. citizens to avoid Mogadishu, including the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
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