Written by Written by Anna Stringer, CNN
A suicide attack outside Uganda’s parliament building in Kampala killed at least three people and injured 39 others Thursday night, according to local police.
Photos of a bomber seen lying dead in a street outside the Uganda parliament have been widely circulated on social media, sparking speculation about a national terrorist attack.
Ugandan government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, told CNN’s Kaguta Mbatha Thursday that there was a blast but did not say if it was from a suicide bomber.
The police have immediately deployed 3,000 troops to the scene as it tries to ascertain what led to the incident.
Police spokesperson Ethel Loomis said that three people were confirmed dead and 39 others were injured in the explosion. She added that the devices that were used in the attack were very sophisticated.
The bombs were detonated in the area where government officials were meeting after closing down Parliament, she said. The area was put on a two-kilometer cordon, she added.
The BBC reported that a car exploded outside parliament Thursday night.
‘A terror attack’
There was confusion over whether MPs and senators were gathered or just attending a briefing, Opondo said. She added that earlier reports of several suicide bombers involved were incorrect.
“There was a car which blew up and immediately other cars came and we were operating under the assumption that they were suicide bombers,” she said.
“But when we realised that they were only carrying items for their trips and had not traveled with any suicide bombers, the situation became clearer and we could start controlling the situation.”
President Yoweri Museveni has called for calm and urged Ugandans to be vigilant following the attack.
“It is an intelligence failure by the security agencies who we hope would find out what has been going on before the incident,” Opondo said.
Uganda’s opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye has condemned the attack, saying on social media that it was an act of terror.
“Bodies are falling around us,” Besigye wrote on Twitter in a series of photographs. “These are not politicians speaking on rallies, these are innocent people.”
Uganda is considered one of the relatively less vulnerable African countries from an extremist terror attack, unlike neighboring Kenya and South Sudan.
At least three people were killed and several injured in a suicide attack outside Uganda’s parliament building in Kampala Thursday night, according to local police.
Pictures of a bomber seen lying dead in a street outside the Uganda parliament have been widely circulated on social media, sparking speculation about a national terrorist attack.