Twin blasts by three suicide bombers was targeted in the heart of Uganda’s capital Kampala on Tuesday killing at least three civilians and injuring over 30 people, police reported.
This was the latest in a string of bombings the East African country was experiencing over the past month.
The attacks came within three minutes of each other. The first bomb exploded near the central police station and the second very close to parliament.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said a single suicide bomber carried out the first blast near the checkpoint at the police station, which killed two people and two suicide bombers on motorbikes detonated, killing one other person.
At least 33 people were being treated at Mulago Hospital, including five people in critical condition Enanga said.
“Our intelligence also indicates that these are domestic terror groups that are linked to ADF,” said Enanga.
The mayor of Uganda’s capital city said the blasts that rocked Kampala were “unfortunate.”
“It is happening at such a time as we are trying to go back to our normal livelihoods,” Salim Uhuru, who also runs a restaurant in city, said.
Uhuru said the brazen attack targeting the police was worrying.
Officials blamed the attacks on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group based in the DR Congo. Last month another group, the Islamic State-aligned Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), claimed its first attack in Uganda.
The ADF was originally established in the late 1990s by Ugandan Muslims in opposition to Uganda’s long-serving President, Yoweri Museveni. They now have their main bases in the forested mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which borders Uganda.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The al Qaeda-linked Somali insurgent group al Shabaab has carried out deadly attacks in Uganda.
Al Shabaab’s bombings in Uganda include a 2010 attack that killed 70 people watching the World Cup.