Three killed in suicide bombing in Uganda’s capital

Three people were killed and scores more injured when two suicide bombers attacked a popular restaurant in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Thursday evening, police said.

Security forces killed the first bomber after a three-minute gunfight and another person shortly after a second explosion, a police spokesman said.

“Initial reports are that two suicide bombers targeted the Splendid restaurant on Kanombe Street,” police spokesman Patrick Onyango said.

Security has been stepped up in Uganda in the wake of this week’s explosion at a concert in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, which killed 28 people. Islamic militant group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for that attack and said it had sent dozens of suicide bombers in response to a Ugandan military deployment into Somalia.

Thursday’s incident happened as people were dining at the restaurant, nearby police officers said.

“The first attacker arrived at 7:24 p.m. and blew himself up,” Onyango said. “The second attacker got into the restaurant through a back door at about 7:30 p.m. and blew himself up.”

More than 200 of the restaurant’s patrons fled to safety and none of the restaurant’s staff was injured in the blast, said Kizito Kakande, a police spokesman.

Four security personnel suffered minor injuries during the gunfight, Kakande said.

Videos posted on social media showed diners at the Splendid Restaurant crying and embracing outside as security forces arrived.

Sixteen others injured in the blast were taken to the city’s John Day Hospital. Police said in a statement that 7,867 people had registered at hospitals across the city but there were no reports of deaths there.

Police said people who sought to take relief to those injured in the restaurant blast should be directed to the private Kabalagala Hospital, which is about 10 minutes drive from the scene of the blast.

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