Map of Uganda locating the capital Kampala.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Sunday an explosion in the capital Kampala that killed one person and injured five was “a terrorist act”, vowing to hunt down those responsible.
Police said a “serious blast” occurred at around 9 pm (1800 GMT) on Saturday at a grilled pork joint in Komamboga, a northern Kampala suburb popular with roadside diners.
“It seems to be a terrorist act but we shall get the perpetrators,” Museveni said on Twitter.
“The public should not fear, we shall defeat this criminality like we have defeated all the other criminality committed by the pigs who don’t respect life,” Museveni said.
Police forensic officers in white overalls could be seen examining areas close to the scene.
Security forces rushed to the scene in Komamboga, a fast-growing suburb about eight kilometres (five miles) north of Kampala city centre.
Local mayor Emmanuel Sserunjogi said the bombing took place in an area popular with revellers looking for roasted meat and drinks on a night out.
– Terror warnings –
But it followed an uptick in recent weeks of signs and warnings that a strike could be imminent.
In a statement issued through its communication channels, the group claimed a unit from its Central Africa operation had detonated an improvised explosive device that resulted in injuries and damage to police infrastructure.
However in the following days, both the UK and France updated their travel advice for Uganda, urging vigilance in crowded areas and public places like restaurants, bars and hotels.
In 2010, twin bombings in Kampala targeting fans watching the World Cup final left 76 people dead.
The attack, the first outside Somalia by the insurgents, was seen as revenge for Uganda sending troops to the war-torn country as part of an African Union mission to confront Al-Shabaab.
Originally published as Ugandan president says deadly blast a ‘terrrorist act’