Three killed in Uganda bus station bomb blasts

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least four injured people have been transferred to hospital, police say At least three people have been killed in suicide blasts at a bus station in the Ugandan…

Three killed in Uganda bus station bomb blasts

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least four injured people have been transferred to hospital, police say

At least three people have been killed in suicide blasts at a bus station in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

Two attackers also died and three other people were seriously injured in the attacks, the ministry of health told BBC’s East Africa service.

The ministry said more than 20 people had been taken to hospital after the blast at Entebbe airport, near the city centre.

The embassy of the Ugandan state in Uganda said in a statement it “strongly condemns these cowardly and un-African acts.”

US President Donald Trump also tweeted his support, writing: “The US strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Uganda. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims, their families and loved ones. #Uganda.”

Image copyright AFP Image caption The missiles have been found and destroyed

The explosives were detonated near the terminal building of the airport, which is also the commercial hub for the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

Witnesses said the explosions took place near a taxi rank.

Images published by Uganda’s Daily Monitor newspaper showed helicopters flying over the airport, which was taped off by police.

The ministry said it was working to get all injured people to hospital.

It said seven unexploded bombs had been found and destroyed, as well as one missile.

Shocked travellers have described hearing loud blasts and dark smoke billowing from the blast site.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Taxi drivers were seriously injured in the attacks

Among those injured was one woman, who was crushed after people trampled each other in panic, according to the local Associated Press news agency.

An Ambulance Service of Uganda spokesman said 35 people had been taken to the hospital following the explosions.

Kampala has suffered a number of attacks by Islamic militants in recent years.

In July 2016, about 16 people were killed in a car bomb attack on Uganda’s parliament, which was followed by a suicide attack on an Islamic prison in central Uganda.

In 2002, a wave of attacks in Kampala including two blasts that killed nearly 130 people.

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