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Kampala blasts were suicide bombings - Police

Ambulances wait next to the explosion near the building of Parliament in Kampala, Uganda, on November 16, 2021   -  
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Uganda's police said the two explosions which shook Uganda's capital Tuesday were carried out by three suicide bombers riding on motorbikes.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga blamed the ADF rebel group for the blasts, citing the 'nature of bombs used'.

He said six people have been confirmed, 3 attackers and 3 victims.

The first blast went off near the city Central Police Station (CPS) while the second hit only meters away from the country's parliament.

Our correspondent Vincent Kasozi said the explosions appeared to be coordinated, saying they went off within seconds of each other.

"There has been no word yet on casualties but it is apparent that the death toll is going to be high. I have seen body bags being carried out of this place and there are body parts strewn all across the streets where the explosions happened," Kasozi said.

Parlaiment was immediately evacuated after the blast, with the Speaker calling off the day's session.

People were scampering to leave the city, many on passenger motorcycles.

Ugandan officials have been urging vigilance in the wake of a string of bomb explosions in recent weeks.

One person was killed and at least seven others wounded in an explosion at a restaurant in a suburb of Kampala on Oct. 23.

Another explosion two days later on a passenger bus killed only the suicide bomber, according to police.

The Allied Democratic Forces, an affiliate of the Islamic State group in central Africa, claimed responsibility for the attack on the eatery.

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