Written by Staff Writer by CNN Staff
Two explosions have struck the Ugandan capital of Kampala, killing at least three people, police and an official said Friday.
The explosions happened about 20 minutes apart in Kampala’s Kololo neighborhood, where a Starbucks shop and Umeme, a power provider, are located, said Mykol Wenda, spokesman for the Uganda Police Force.
The first explosion was from a low intensity device, possibly a motorcycle-riding bomb, said Andrew Kaweesi, the police spokesman. “It was very targeted,” he said.
The second explosion was a car bomb that caused heavy damage to two businesses, Wenda said.
Video showed extensive damage at the two locations.
Officials are investigating the cause of the explosions, the police spokesman said. “We don’t have any concrete theory about it yet,” he said.
CNN affiliate Uganda One reported that a man who was speaking with CNN affiliate Uganda One about the explosions at Kololo said the explosions appeared to have been tied to the recent government shutdown in the United States.
The man said he knew the people who were killed and that they were part of a group that prayed in the area. “We believe the Americans would be up to something,” he said.
A strong blast followed the explosion at Kololo, Wenda said. A more powerful explosion followed the attack at commercial strip in the neighborhood, he said.
Wenda said that according to eyewitness accounts, pedestrians were trying to run away from the second explosion. “We do not yet know if any civilians died in that blast,” he said.
Asked whether one of the explosions was from an explosive device, Kaweesi said “we have not ruled out the possibility.”
He said police were looking for “the perpetrators who may have carried out the bombing.”