Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that killed at least one person in Uganda’s capital Kampala on Saturday night, the militant group said in a statement on Sunday.
The group said that some of its members detonated an explosive device in a bar where “members and spies of the Crusader Ugandan government were gathering” in Kampala.
The Police has since said that preliminary investigations indicate that a bomb, packed with nails and shrapnel, targeted a pork restaurant at Komamboga on the outskirts of Kampala capital City.
Information gathered indicated that three men, disguised as customers, visited the restaurant, placed a polythene bag under a table and left moments before the explosion.
The explosion killed a 20-year-old waitress and injured three people, two of whom were in critical condition, and Police added that all indications suggest an act of domestic terror.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said the attack “seems to be a terrorist act” and vowed to deal with the perpetrators whom he referred to as ‘pigs’.
In 2010, the Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab killed dozens of people at Kyadongo Rugby Playground and Ethiopian Restaurant in Kampala in a bomb attack, saying it was punishing Uganda for deploying troops in Somalia.