Uganda bomb attacks kill at least three

Image caption At least seven people have been confirmed dead

At least two explosions have rocked the Ugandan capital, Kampala, killing at least three people and injuring several others.

The region in central Kampala has been heavily bombed in the past week during the detention of politicians by authorities.

They have accused them of being part of an attempt to topple the government.

A senior Ugandan government official has blamed the blasts on rebels from Uganda’s north.

Exact details about how they happened and how many were killed are still unclear.

Radio station alarmed

One of the blasts was likely to have been caused by a huge bomb used in the former civil war in northern Uganda, state radio said.

In the past week the government has arrested dozens of people, including senior opposition figures, on suspicion of plotting a new rebellion in the area where the raids in the Ugandan capital Kampala originated.

That civil war killed more than 100,000 people.

Shortly after the explosions early on Friday, Uganda’s deputy army chief, Lt Gen Kale Kayihura, blamed the rebels and said the explosions occurred when a “firing squad of the Lord’s Resistance Army [LRA] met [government] forces.”

The LRA – formed by Joseph Kony, a shadowy Ugandan warlord whose band has kidnapped thousands of children and forced them to become fighters – has been blamed for a string of atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and the Central African Republic.

Kony has been accused of leading one of the world’s most brutal insurgencies.

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