A fatal blast that killed one person and injured three others at a popular roadside eatery in the outskirts of the Ugandan capital Kampala was an act of terror, police said on Sunday.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga told reporters that the attackers arrived at the pork restaurant in northern Kampala at around 8:30 p.m. local time (1730 UTC) on Saturday.
They were allegedly carrying a plastic shopping bag that they placed under a table before they left, police said.
“The suspects detonated the device after they left the scene,” Enanga said, describing the blast as “crude.”
“All indications suggest an act of domestic terror,” he said.
The blast killed a 20-year-old waitress and injured three people, two of whom were in critical condition.
Police said the bomb had been made using local materials, and that the restaurant was filled with nails and shrapnel. Investigators were still working to find out the “true circumstances” behind the explosion, police added.
President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday called the bombing a “terrorist act.”
“It seems to be a terrorist act but we shall get the perpetrators,” Museveni wrote on Twitter.
“I condemn the action of the “parasite pigs” that planted a bomb at Digida Pork Point where they sell pork, sodas and alcohol,” he said.
Following the blast, authorities urged the public to remain calm and comply with the country’s 7 p.m. curfew, which has been imposed to stem a COVID-19 outbreak.
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