At least one person was killed and seven others injured in a suspected terrorist attack in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, authorities say.
The blast went off Saturday night in a bar, scattering panicked revelers on the street the next day.
President Yoweri Museveni said suspected terrorists may have placed a package in a plastic bag.
The explosion comes a week later the UK government has issued an alert on terrorism in Uganda.
He warned British citizens in the East African country – where such attacks are rare – that “terrorists are very likely to attempt attacks.” He advised them to be vigilant in public places, including restaurants and bars.
Police have isolated the scene of the explosion – a popular spot for roast pork and beer, in a mostly residential area on the outskirts of the city, according to BBC scene Patience Atuhaire.
Forensic investigators are entering to gather evidence, amidst a strong security presence.
A local mayor told the BBC that the community is afraid and wonders why anyone should target their neighborhood.
Eyewitnesses told local media that two men entered the premises with what appeared to be a bottle in a plastic bag. However, the police have yet to verify what kind of device exploded.
Mr. Museveni said on Twitter that the blast appeared to be a terrorist act and vowed to catch the culprits.
“The public need not fear, we will defeat this crime as we have defeated all other crimes committed by pigs who do not respect life,” he said.
No group or individual claimed responsibility for the explosion.
In 2010, 74 people died in the explosion of a bomb that exploded in the premises of Kampala where football fans were watching the screening of the World Cup final. The minds of the attacks, of the Islamist militant group al-Shabab, are serving life sentences.
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