INJURIES REPORTED

Two bomb explosions reported in Kampala, Uganda

President Kenyatta was expected in Kampala to discuss the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia.

In Summary

• According to local media houses in Uganda, an explosion has gone off at Raja Chambers, along Parliamentary Avenue in Kampala.

• Another bomb explosion was reported at the entrance of the Central Police Station.

Two explosions have been reported in Kampala, Uganda a week after Kenya heightened its vigilance. https://bit.ly/3HpLonA

Two explosions have been reported in Kampala, Uganda a week after Kenya heightened its vigilance.

According to local media houses in Uganda, an explosion has gone off at Raja Chambers, along Parliamentary Avenue in Kampala.

Another bomb explosion was reported at the entrance of the Central Police Station.

Witnesses said office buildings shook when the blasts went off.

A general view shows wreckages of police vehicles at the scene of a blast in Kampala, Uganda November 16, 2021. REUTERS
A general view shows wreckages of police vehicles at the scene of a blast in Kampala, Uganda November 16, 2021. REUTERS

Reports indicate that some people have been injured but no deaths have been recorded yet.

According to the pictures shared on social media, cars were filmed burning after the explosion.

Police have already cordoned off the affected area as investigations into the incident continue.

According to Daily Monitor, Security team are currently ordering evacuation of everyone at Parliament.

Officers can also be seen using sniffer dogs to search for more evidence and explosions around Parliamentary Avenue.

Ugandan security forces arrive to secure the scene of a blast in Kampala, Uganda November 16, 2021. REUTERS
Ugandan security forces arrive to secure the scene of a blast in Kampala, Uganda November 16, 2021. REUTERS

Forensic investigators have also arrived at Parliamentary avenue as security operatives continue to comb the scene for any pieces of evidence into the explosion.

Health ministry spokesman Ainebyoona Emmanuel said 24 people were being treated and that four are in critical condition.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and other regional heads of state and government were supposed to attend an IGAD summit in Kampala.

The summit was however postponed till next week.

Uhuru will be at the summit after receiving an invite from Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni.

Museveni called an East African bloc leaders' meeting to be held on November 16 to discuss the conflict in Ethiopia.

A view shows smoke and motorcycle taxis near the scene of a blast in Kampala, Uganda November 16, 2021.
A view shows smoke and motorcycle taxis near the scene of a blast in Kampala, Uganda November 16, 2021.
Image: REUTERS

The move to restore calm in Ethiopia gained momentum on Thursday as US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman landed in the country.

It is not clear whether this meeting is still going to take place as scheduled.

Last month, two separate explosions in the country killed two people.

One killed a waitress at a bar and the other killed a suicide bomber who had smuggled the explosives onto a bus.