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Three Killed in Uganda Bomb Blast

April 25, 1999

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ A bomb blast in a heavily populated low-income neighborhood in the Ugandan capital killed three people and injured 15 others, police said Sunday.

Police spokesman John Kimera said three police officers were among the victims of the Saturday night blast in the downtown Kisenyi neighborhood.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast and no arrests had been made, Kimera said.

The blast occurred in a lane separating the sprawling residential and trading neighborhood from the country’s main sports Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium.

Police and other security agents cordoned off the neighborhood Sunday, but a large crowd gathered nonetheless and police repeatedly chased people away.

It was the second bomb blast in downtown Kampala since early April when two explosions in two taxi terminals killed two people and injured 18 others.

Police at the time said they had detained more than 230 people for questioning, but no one has been charged.

Police have not announced any possible motive for the explosions. Independent sources have said the bombings may be the work of the Allied Democratic Forces, a rebel group in western Uganda fighting to destabilize President Yoweri Museveni’s government.

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