Two explosions rocked Uganda’s capital of Kampala on Wednesday evening, killing at least 12 people and wounding 77 others, according to medical sources.
A Ugandan photographer said the blasts were heard at the Eagle Street subway station.
“We were just walking through the subway when I heard the first explosion at UBC Plaza,” Dayasiri Karungi told NBC News. “I thought it was a fight but as I moved closer I saw a group of people running down the escalator, which then split into two.”
His photo showed a huge plume of smoke rising over the Metro station and a chaotic scene with wounded people dazed, dazed or crushed.
Images showed debris strewn on the subway tracks.
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A spokesman for Kampala Metropolitan Police and medics said there were “many injuries” from the blasts.
“The situation is under control as the police are dealing with it,” Lt. Col. Alois Kyungu said in a phone interview.
He said the magnitude of the explosions was uncertain and officers were working with medics to collect details.
CNN Africa reported that police were evacuating the hospital to a nearby military hospital because they feared more bombs in the area.
Ugandan army spokesperson Harold Ekiru said the military was involved in the operation and that schools in the area were closed.
Ugandan television showed images of the burning wreckage of a truck parked at an underground market. Witnesses said the body of a dead person was lying in the middle of the road.
Another witness, a woman identified as Pauline, told Reuters that the bombs appeared to have hit the market.
“We were just walking down in the market when the blasts occurred,” Pauline said, saying that others were injured in the blast, which hit around 8 p.m. local time.
“Some shops were burnt,” she said. “People were throwing themselves on top of each other. I ran toward the road, screaming and ran toward the military base. We’re all crying and a lot of people are injured.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.