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Ugandan President Says Deadly Blast Likely Terrorist

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) – An explosion at a restaurant in the Ugandan capital was an apparent act of terrorism, President Yoweri Museveni said on Sunday.

Museveni said three people entered a restaurant in a Kampala suburb on Saturday evening and left a plastic bag, the contents of which then exploded.

He didn’t provide more details in a series of Twitter posts, but promised to “research the perpetrators.”

Police said in a statement that at least one person died and seven others were injured in the blast.

The restaurant is a normally busy place frequented by commuters.

Police, who cordoned off the scene, said a bomb squad was investigating the blast, which for many brought back painful memories of a deadly bombing in 2010 that killed more than 70 people in Kampala. The attack was carried out by members of Somalia’s extremist Islamic group al-Shabab, which said it was responding to Uganda’s deployment of peacekeepers to the Horn of Africa country.

There have been no similar explosions in recent years and Uganda is relatively peaceful.

But the UK government updated its travel advisory to Uganda earlier in October to say that extremists “are very likely to try and carry out attacks” in the East African country.

“The attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners,” the notice said.

Museveni, who has held power since 1986, is a US ally on regional security. He was re-elected in January in an election the opposition deemed neither free nor fair.

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