A sucide bomber with ties to the Islamic State (ISIS) set off an explosive in a bus in Kampala on Monday, Ugandan Authorities have revealed.
According to police reports, the 22-year-old assailant who detonated a suicide vest and belt that he had worn, was part of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group affiliated with ISIS since 2016.
The ADF, historically a Ugandan insurgent group, has been accused of killing thousands of civilians in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
It is still unclear whether the assailant detonated the bomb on purpose or whether there was a malfunction.
“What is not yet clear, is whether the suspect blew himself up accidentally while carrying the bomb on his lap or he did so deliberately. However, he was being followed by CMI squads,” Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni tweeted.
The Group had previously taken responsibility for another bombing attack that took place in a local pub in Kampala on Saturday that left one person dead and several others injured.
The attacks, Ugandan authorities say, were planned and coordinated by ADF Commander Muhammed Nkalubo. Ugandan police have so far arrested three men who are alleged to have been involved in setting up the attacks and financing the perpetrators.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has however called for locals to be vigilant and report any suspicious individuals to authorities.
“The defeat of their rural terrorism was in 2007 in the Semliki National Park. The present shallow effort is easy to defeat. Just some vigilance by the people e.g. checks at the hotels, churches, mosques or buses, etc., will immunize these gathering points against these bombs,” Museveni added