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Ugandan parliament cancels Tuesday session after twin blasts

In an internal memo, clerk Adolf Kasaija said members should avoid the area.

In Summary

• The premises were put under tight security, with heavily armed soldiers securing the area as forensics officers in white overalls inspected the blast site for clues.

• Two explosions were reported in Kampala, Uganda a week after Kenya heightened its vigilance.

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

The Ugandan Parliament has cancelled its Tuesday session following the twin bomb attacks in the country.

In an internal memo, Clerk Adolf Kasaija said members should avoid the area.

"There will be no sitting of parliament today. You are advised to proceed to the precincts of parliament as security forces are working hard to restore order around parliament," Kasaija said.

"Until you are advised otherwise, please keep at home and those in precincts of parliament keep calm and wait for advice on how to exit."

The premises were put under tight security, with heavily armed soldiers securing the area as forensics officers in white overalls inspected the blast site for clues.

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

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

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

So far, two bodies have been retrieved with the Health minister saying 24 casualties are being treated to various hospitals.

Edited by D Tarus