2 Explosions, Gunfire Reported Near Presidential Home in Uganda; Four Dead

Uganda’s president extended a stay in the capital Kigali on Saturday after explosions and gunfire near the State House and close to the presidential home left at least four people dead and nine injured.

President Yoweri Museveni said in a broadcast on the radio and television that three bombers who tried to strike the country’s intelligence headquarters were killed.

After the explosions, four members of his security force were killed while guarding State House.

Uganda has been threatened by terrorism for years. Authorities say they cracked down on Islamic extremists linked to al-Shabab and the Lord’s Resistance Army in the north of the country after a 2016 attack.

Witnesses said Saturday’s blasts happened in the central business district of the Ugandan capital, Kigali, before midday Saturday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but residents of the capital said the explosions appeared to have been targeting the main military compound, which houses the intelligence service.

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