Al Shabaab attacks Uganda capital Kampala, killing 3

Written by By Sonia Moghe, CNN

Two explosions rocked the Ugandan capital, Kampala, Wednesday evening, killing at least three people and injuring several others, according to state media.

The explosions, in the Hodogo and Kasangati areas of the city, occurred around 7 p.m. local time, Uganda’s state broadcaster said.

Uganda’s security minister, Gen. Jeje Odongo, blamed al Shabaab, a Somali-based extremist group.

“Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack in Kampala killing 3 and injuring dozens, so go home and remain at home,” Odongo said on his official Twitter account.

Uganda is one of the countries contributing to the US-led African Union military mission in Somalia.

According to Uganda’s military, its troops contributed 75% of the amount of troops that AU troops are able to secure in Somalia.

The attacks come less than a month after, a terrorist attack in central Kampala killed three people.

There have been a number of isolated attacks by al Shabaab in Uganda over the years.

Al Shabaab has largely been focused on Uganda, and Kenya, as well as other West African countries where Kenya’s military is present on a long-term peacekeeping mission.

The attacks, mostly small scale, have been increasingly frequent and targeted the same groups of people.

In 2014 al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the Garissa University College attack in which 148 people, mostly students, were killed.

In 2015 al Shabaab attacked Mandera in Kenya, killing at least 50 people.

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