Uganda: three dead in two suicide bombings claimed by IS

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The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the double suicide bombing carried out in the Ugandan capital Kampala, which left at least three dead and around 30 injured, and claimed that it was carried out by three suicide bombers.

In a statement broadcast on its Telegram channels, the jihadist group stressed that Uganda was “one of the states participating in the war against ISIS in Central Africa”.

He said the first attack was carried out near the police headquarters by a jihadist who detonated a bag bomb. Two jihadists on motorcycles carried out the second attack, detonating two other saddlebags in the middle of a group of police gathered near the seat of Parliament which was to meet.

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Second attack in a few weeks

This is the second deadly attack in Uganda claimed by ISIS in a matter of weeks, after an October 23 bombing at a restaurant in Kampala that killed a waitress and injured several people.

A suicide attack was also carried out two days later on a bus near the capital, leaving an unknown number of injured, but without claim.

The Ugandan authorities then claimed to have established “a high level of connection” between the two attacks, which they attributed to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

The ADF are a Muslim rebel group born in Uganda and which has established roots in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for more than 25 years. They are considered the bloodiest of the more than 120 armed groups operating in eastern DRC, where they are accused of killing thousands of civilians.

Since April 2019, some ADF attacks have been claimed by IS, which refers to the group as its “Central African Province” (Iscap in English). In March, the United States placed the ADF on the list of “terrorist organizations” affiliated with ISIS.

On October 8, Iscap also claimed responsibility for a bombing of a police station in Kampala, which left no known casualties.

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