Two children have been killed in Nakaseke district, north of Uganda’s capital Kampala after a fruit-like bomb exploded in a children’s playground on Friday.
According to reports, the device was shaped like an exotic “jackfruit” and was given to the children while they were playing. A 14-year-old and a second child with disabilities died from their injuries according to police spokesman Asan Kasingye.
Uganda has been the target of multiple attacks over the past week. A bomb packed with nails and shrapnel exploded in a popular restaurant in Kampala, killing one person and wounding three others on October 23.
The ISIL (ISIS) armed group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on an affiliated Telegram channel.
The group said some of its members detonated an explosive device in a bar where “members and spies of the Crusader Ugandan government were gathering” in Kampala.
On Monday, a second bomb went off on a bus, killing the suspected attacker and injuring several commuters. Police initially said two people were killed.
Ugandan authorities have been investigating the attacks. A shadowy group called the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), suspected of links to ISIL, emerged earlier this week as the possible author of the blasts.
ADF is known as the bloodiest of the scores of militias that roam the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and has gained a reputation for massacres in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri provinces.
The ADF was initially a coalition of armed Ugandan groups that opposed Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
The group moved across the border into eastern DRC in 1995, establishing itself in the rugged Rwenzori Mountains in North Kivu province.
The United States has placed the ADF on its list of “terrorist groups” affiliated with ISIL.