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Unidentified man throws explosives at crowd in Kampala, state media says
One dead, five injured in Uganda blast amid heightened terror threat
A man has thrown a homemade bomb into a crowd in the Ugandan capital, killing at least one person and injuring five others, officials said.
State broadcaster Uganda Broadcasting Service said in a brief report that the man attempted to detonate the bomb in the early hours of Sunday, but it fell short and exploded inside a compound.
It was unclear if the bomb was intended to be detonated outside.
Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said two other people had been hurt by flying debris in the explosion, and security had been tightened across the city.
Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, tweeted his condolences to the victims and asked the public to remain calm. “We shall deal decisively with the culprits,” he wrote.
Uganda has a history of low-level and often chaotic attacks, but President Yoweri Museveni has called recent bombings carried out by the group formerly known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) “carriers of evil”.
The UN said it had started human rescue operations after a wounded woman went missing at the scene.
The Ugandan government has vowed to go after the LRA after the fugitive Joseph Kony, and his insurgents, who remain at large.
Kony and his remnants abandoned Uganda in 2005 to hunt in the jungle for bushmeat and to evade local troops fighting them.
Since then, they have killed or abducted thousands of civilians across the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and southern Sudan.
He has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, but Uganda’s military and militias backed by Kony’s government have repeatedly crossed rebel lines to rescue their soldiers.
Uganda’s government has since pulled out its troops, but it carries out joint operations with regional partners.