At least three people were killed and several others were injured when explosions ripped through Uganda’s capital of Kampala.
The explosions were believed to be linked to the ongoing presidential election, with results still being tallied late Saturday morning, BBC reported.
#BREAKING Crowds are turning on large trucks, loaded with election materials, after explosions killed at least 3 people in Kampala #Uganda pic.twitter.com/hc7DOyKE2N — JP ALTERI (@jpalteri) January 20, 2018
According to BBC, an elderly woman was one of those killed, while she was tending to her disabled daughter.
Hours before the blasts, Uganda’s police said on its Twitter account that they had been ordered to close roads to vote stations after confusion over voting process grew.
The chaos was triggered after the electoral commission delayed announcing the outcome of the election and the beating of police officers by members of the opposition was reported by Ugandan media.
According to the Associated Press, supporters of the opposition candidate, Kizza Besigye, are angry at what they say is rigging in favor of the incumbent, Paul Kagame, a six-term leader who cannot run for re-election in the month-long process.
Kagame has ruled the East African nation for two decades with an iron fist, according to BBC. The unrest apparently began around 6:30 p.m. on Friday night, but it was not until around 12:30 a.m. Saturday that residents reported hearing explosions.
Uganda’s media has reported that police fired live ammunition at crowds of people in an attempt to disperse opposition supporters.
In a series of messages on Twitter, Ugandan police have confirmed that the explosions happened.
We have deployed troops to #Kampala to prevent election violence. Officers are discharging live bullets in order to prevent criminality. We thank you for your patience and support. #Uganda — PFUKPS (@PFUKPS) January 20, 2018