An explosion tore through a market in the Ugandan capital, killing one person and injuring five, police and witnesses said Friday.
Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said the blast was caused by a homemade bomb. The scene showed the remains of the bomb amid bits of broken clothing and other evidence.
The explosion happened at about 11:30 a.m. at Nyabugogo market in central Kampala, a relatively crowded commercial district, eyewitnesses said.
A person was killed and five injured in the incident, Kayima said.
Ugandan Vice President Edward Kiggundu said in a statement that the government will not tolerate the use of violence against civilians in war zones.
Uganda, an eastern African nation, is a member of a regional counterterrorism force under the African Union that has partnered with the United States to take on the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group.
The LRA, which has fighters and some 20,000 children abducted by the guerrilla organization, has abducted children as young as 12 to form their child soldiers and operate along the borders of Central African Republic and South Sudan. In September, the U.S. State Department added two LRA leaders to the list of foreign terrorists.
The rebel group had been committing atrocities for nearly two decades but recently signed a peace deal with the Ugandan government.
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