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IS Group Claims it Carried Out Kampala Attack

It made its latest claim on Tuesday in the name of its so-called Central African Province (Iscap) on the messaging app Telegram.

The so-called Islamic State group (IS) has said it was behind the Tuesday blasts in the Ugandan capital Kampala, saying they were carried out by suicide bombers.

It made its latest claim on Tuesday in the name of its so-called Central African Province (Iscap) on the messaging app Telegram.

It said the first attacker, whom it identified as Abu Sabr al-Ugandi (meaning from Uganda), detonated a bag of explosives he was carrying near a checkpoint at a police station.

IS said a second cell made up of two attackers on motorbikes – “Abu Shahid al-Ugandi and Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Ugandi” – detonated similar explosive bags targeting guards at the parliament building.

IS’s “news agency” Amaq, which also issued a report on the subject, said that Uganda was “one of the countries participating in the war against Islamic State fighters in Central Africa”, – in justifying IS’s new action against the country, which only started recently.

Iscap is mostly active in DR Congo, but also operates in Mozambique, where it claimed a flurry of attacks last week. In October 2020, the group claimed two attacks in Tanzania, but no more since then.

The branch has long been linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – a Ugandan Islamist rebel group that operates in the region.

As such, authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda tend to attribute IS-claimed activity to the ADF.

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”.

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.