While the identity of the perpetrators is unknown, police said the bombing on Saturday was an act of domestic terrorism.
On Saturday evening, a bomb exploded at a popular eating joint in Komamboga, a Kampala suburb, killing one person and injuring three more.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga updated the country on the investigations, saying preliminary investigations have linked the incident to a domestic terror group.
“According to the united team of bomb experts, the explosion was caused by a rudimentary device made out of local nails and other metallic bits.” “All signs point to a domestic terror attack,” Enanga said.
“It was an act of domestic terror from the way it was planned, the radius covered, and the rudimentary materials utilized. “According to the authorities, no single organization, internal or external, has been identified as the mastermind of the attack, but investigations are expected to provide more information soon.
“We are unable to identify the perpetrators of the incident. There has been no claim of responsibility made by any group. We haven’t yet identified the perpetrators of the incident, but we will soon.”
Following the attack, many people, particularly social media users, believed that the location where the attack occurred was frequented by VIPs, and that the terrorists specifically targeted them.
However, a police spokeswoman stated that no evidence has been found suggesting the attackers were targeting VIPs. “The attackers’ motivation is still unknown. According to the information we have, the attackers were not very sophisticated. They came with the intent of causing harm,” he explained. Several observers, particularly on social media, faulted security for dismissing the UK government’s recent warning of an impending terror assault on Uganda. However, Fred Enanga, a police spokesperson, argued that the warning was never specific.
“The UK and France’s respective advisories and terror alerts were not discriminatory in character and sought particular facts that were not provided,” Enanga stated.
“Security and safety issues are not solely the responsibility of security services; they affect everyone.” Since 2010, we’ve foiled a slew of terrorist attacks and disbanded a number of domestic terror cells. We’d rather seek for the remedies we’ll need to combat domestic terrorism.
The police spokeswoman noted that among the lessons learned from the Komamboga event include being vigilant, following normal operating procedures, and adhering to curfew, among others.
A team has been dispatched to assess the police and their commanders’ posture before and after the attack, according to the police commander.
He stated that the team will look into whether or not there was any negligence on the part of the police in their response to the incident. President Museveni declared earlier on Sunday that the perpetrators of the attack, whom he referred to as “pigs,” would be apprehended shortly.
Security apprehended seven people in July who are suspected of planning the attack on Gen. Edward Katumba’s vehicle, which killed his daughter and driver. The suspects, according to police, were members of a domestic terror cell that was forming in the country. The Allied Democratic Forces rebel organization, which operates in the turbulent eastern portion of the DRC and is thought to have ties to the Islamic State group, has constantly been blamed for a number of incidents in the country.
In 2010, 76 people were killed in twin bombs in Kabalagala and Kyadondo, which targeted spectators watching the World Cup final. The terrorist group Al Shabaab, located in Somalia and affiliated to Al Quaeda, then claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it was retaliation for Uganda sending troops to Somalia under the AMISOM mission in 2007.