Uganda

  1. Staff suspended as grasshoppers sold on Ugandan flight

    Uganda's national carrier has banned the sale of a local grasshopper delicacy onboard a flight after an incident over the weekend.

    Uganda Airlines said the sale of the delicacy, locally known as Nsenene, contravened the "spirit of the national carrier".

    The airline said the incident exposed some passengers to "unruly market experience on their flight".

    Local media report that some airline employees have been suspended over the incident.

    A video was shared online showing a man hawking the grasshoppers:

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    The airline says it understood that the excitement on board was because the grasshoppers were not in plenty this season and was considering "adding the delicacy to its menu on request".

    "This move will boost tourism marketing and the livelihood of the people in the grasshopper value chain going forward," said the airline.

  2. Ugandan journalist and politician targeted by spyware

    A top Ugandan investigative journalist and an opposition politician have said that their phones has been targeted by Pegasus spyware.

    The software can infect both iPhones and Android devices, allowing operators to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones and cameras.

    In a series of tweets, journalist Raymond Mujuni highlighted the warning that he received from Apple saying that his phone may have been targeted by "state-sponsored attackers".

    He added that he was not the only investigative journalist to have received the message:

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    The leader of Uganda's Democratic Party, Norbert Mao, also received a warning from Apple, he said on Twitter:

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    Apple is currently suing the inventors of the software, Israeli firm NSO Group, and its parent company for allegedly targeting iPhone users with the hacking tool.

    NSO Group says it only supplies Pegasus to military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies from countries with good human rights records.

  3. Abandoned bags unsettle nervy Kampala

    Police in Uganda have removed bags abandoned on a street in the capital Kampala after they caused a bomb scare in the city.

    A local news site has shared pictures of the police operation.

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    Residents have been on high alert since last week's suicide attacks that killed four people.

    More than 30 others were injured in the attack, which officials have blamed on the Allied Defence Forces (ADF), which has formed links with the so-called Islamic State militant group.

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  4. Cleric linked to Uganda suicide bombers killed - police

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    A woman is assisted as she reacts near the scene of a blast in Kampala, Uganda November 16, 2021
    Image caption: Tuesday's suicide bombings took place during the morning rush-hour in Kampala

    Security forces in Uganda have shot dead a Muslim cleric whom they accuse of recruiting for an armed group linked to Tuesday's suicide bombings in the capital, Kampala.

    Sheikh Muhammad Abas Kirevu was killed just outside Kampala. A manhunt is under way for another cleric, Sheikh Suleiman Nsubuga, who is allegedly behind the training, radicalisation, and supply of material to make improvised explosive devices to militants linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group, which is based in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The government has blamed an ADF cell for Tuesday's suicide bombings near parliament and the central police station in Kampala.

    Three suicide bombers on motorbikes blew themselves up, killing three people and injuring more than 30.

    Following the blasts, the security agencies have carried out a series of raids to break up so-called domestic terror cells of the ADF.

    On Wednesday, four suspected ADF operatives were killed in the western Uganda district of Bundibugyo near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, says they were part of a network with responsibility for recruitment and logistics in Kampala, Luweero north of the capital, as well as in the west of the country.

    The group would reportedly cross between Uganda and DR Congo through undesignated border crossings in Ntoroko district. They are said to have been linked to the fifth most senior leader in the ADF.

    Twenty-one suspects have been arrested in what the police say is an operation aimed at dismantling cells in Kampala and across the country.

    A group of 13 was intercepted in Ntoroko, trying to cross the border into DRC, the police spokesperson added.

    They included at least six women, several children, and infants.

    The authorities have blamed these bomb attacks, and two of three attacks in October on the ADF, which first emerged in Uganda in the 1980s to fight President Yoweri Museveni's government.

    A faction of the ADF, led by Musa Baluku, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group some years back

    IS claimed responsibility for Tuesday attacks, and two of the three attacks in October.

  5. Kenya on high alert after Uganda attack

    Kenya's government has said security agencies are on high alert following Tuesday's terror attacks in the capital of neighbouring Uganda.

    Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna urged citizens to be vigilant and report any suspicious people.

    The alert comes days after three prisoners who were convicted for terrorism-related charges escaped from a maximum security prison just outside the capital Nairobi.

    In Uganda, three suicide bombers detonated explosives at two sites in Kampala killing themselves and three other people.

    The Islamic State group has said it was behind Tuesday's blasts.

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Kenya for regional security talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

  6. IS group says it carried out Uganda attack

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    Cars are on fire after a bomb explosion near the Parliament building in Kampala, Uganda, on November 16, 2021
    Image caption: The explosions in Uganda killed three civilians, as well as three suicide bombers

    The so-called Islamic State group (IS) has said it was behind the blasts in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, on Tuesday.

    Using the the social messaging app Telegram, it claimed that there had been more than 30 deaths and injuries as a result of the explosions.

    Tuesday's explosions killed three civilians, as well as three suicide bombers, according to official figures. Over 30 people were injured in the blasts.

    The police said they had pursued, shot and arrested a fourth suspected bomber.

    IS's "news agency" Amaq said Uganda was "one of the countries participating in the war against Islamic State fighters in Central Africa" - its justification for targeting the country.

    This is the third time the IS has claimed responsibility for attacks in Uganda since October this year.

    President Yoweri Museveni, in a series of tweets on Tuesday night, condemned the attacks and said that they were being carried out by “confused grandchildren”.

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    Police have blamed the latest attacks on the Ugandan rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which is based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The ADF claims to be affiliated to the IS group.

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    Video caption: Uganda: Deadly twin suicide bomb attack targets Kampala

    Three suicide bombers were among the dead after twin blasts rocked Uganda's capital Kampala on Tuesday.

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    Video caption: Uganda blasts: Civilians fight car bomb blaze

    Explosions rocked Uganda's capital, Kampala, on Tuesday morning, killing at least three people.

  9. Uganda blasts: Six killed including three attackers

    Six people were killed, including three of those behind the attacks, in the explosions that hit Uganda's capital, Kampala, in the morning.

    Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said intelligence gathered so far indicates that those behind the blasts were local militants the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

    He said a fourth attacker was pursued and detained and police found a suicide bomb jacket in his home.

    Mr Enanga added that 33 people were injured and five of them are in a critical condition.

    The ADF claimed one of two explosions in Kampala last month.

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  10. At least four killed in Uganda blasts - reports

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    At least four people, among them two police officers, have been killed in two separate explosions in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, local media have reported.

    The state-owned New Vision website said that two bodies had been recovered from the scene of an explosion near the parliament building.

    "Two bodies have so far been recovered after an explosion on Parliamentary Avenue in the heart of Kampala," it said.

    Privately-owned Urban Television said that two police officers were confirmed dead in a separate attack, which targeted the main police station in the capital.

    The Independent website says the main hospital in Kampala has been overwhelmed by victims of the two blasts.

    The two explosions follow a 23 October bomb attack at a restaurant in Kampala, in which at least one person was killed.

    The so-called Islamic State group later said it had carried out the attack.

  11. Twenty-seven being treated after Uganda blasts

    Twenty-seven people are being treated at the main hospital in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, after being injured in the blasts that hit the city in the morning.

    The deputy head of Mulago hospital, Dr Rosemary Byanyima, told journalists that seven patients were in a critical condition and 20 were stable.

    The majority of those injured were police officers, she added.

    One of the explosions went off near the city's central police station.

  12. US embassy had warned of more attacks in Uganda

    The US embassy in Kampala, Uganda had warned of "the ongoing possibility of more terrorist attacks in Uganda", three weeks ago.

    This was contained in a security alert dated 26 October.

    The alert was issued after two other explosions in Kampala, one of which a militant group said it had carried out.

    The embassy warned US citizens at the time to "remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings while travelling in Uganda".

  13. Uganda police use sniffer dogs at blast sites

    Police in Uganda are using sniffer dogs to look for more evidence and detect any explosives at the scenes of the blasts in the centre of the capital, Kampala.

    One went off near the central police station which is also close to parliament.

    The Daily Monitor newspaper shared photos of the operation:

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    Major Gen. Abel Kandiho, the Chief of Military Intelligence (CMI) and other security officials have arrived at the scene.

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    Security officials have increased surveillance across the city, NTV Uganda reports.

    The Daily Monitor is reporting that parliament has been suspended.

  14. Two people die in Kampala blasts - reports

    Two people have been confirmed dead after blasts in Uganda's capital Kampala, media outlets are reporting.

    Reuters news agency is citing a local television station on the death toll.

    NTV Uganda has said Kampala Mayor Salim Uhuru as its source on one of the deaths.

    Police are yet to give any updates on casualties.

    An NTV reporter said he saw body parts strewn in one of the blast sites:

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  15. Blasts hit Ugandan capital

    Patience Atuhaire

    BBC News, Kampala

    Two blasts have gone off in the central business district of Uganda's capital, Kampala.

    Reports indicate that one explosion went off at a shopping mall near the central police station and another, near Parliament.

    Office buildings shook when the blasts went off, some witnesses have told the BBC.

    The cause of the blasts, or if there have been any casualties, are not yet confirmed.

    Last month, two separate explosions in the country killed two people. One killed a waitress at a bar and the other, a suicide bomber who had smuggled the explosives onto a bus.

    Authorities in the country have blamed the October blasts on the Ugandan Islamist militant group, the Allied Democratic Forces, who are based in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

    At least 50 people have been arrested, and some charged in court, since those recent incidents.

    The Daily Monitor newspaper has shared a video of cars burning outside an insurance building after the blast:

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