Deadly blast in Ugandan capital a terrorist act: President

Police said the "serious blast" occurred at around 9pm at a popular street-side restaurant strip in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb.
Police said the "serious blast" occurred at around 9pm at a popular street-side restaurant strip in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb.PHOTO: REUTERS

KAMPALA (AFP) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Sunday (Oct 24) that an explosion in the capital Kampala that killed one and injured five was "a terrorist act" and vowed to hunt down those responsible.

"It seems to be a terrorist act, but we shall get the perpetrators," Mr Museveni said in a Twitter post about the explosion late on Saturday in northern Kampala.

Police said the "serious blast" occurred at around 9pm at a popular street-side restaurant strip in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb.

Mr Museveni said he had been briefed that three people "left a package" at the scene that later exploded, killing one person and injuring five others.

He said investigators were still combing the bomb site and more details would be released later, including advice for the public in "dealing with these possible terrorists".

"The public should not fear, we shall defeat this criminality like we have defeated all the other criminality committed by the pigs who don't respect life," Mr Museveni said.