Twin bomb blasts near Indian para-badminton team’s hotel in Uganda

The bomb blasts occurred just 100 meters away from the hotel where the Indian team was staying. Para-Badminton India posted a video of the incident with a spiral of smoke rising from the blast scene and added that the players are safe.

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Two bomb blasts rocked Ugandan capital Kampala on Tuesday, sparking confusion among the Indian para-badminton team which is now in Uganda for Para-Badminton International 2021 competition. The bomb blasts reportedly two killed persons. However, the Indian team confirmed that they are safe.

The bomb blasts occurred just 100 meters away from the hotel where the Indian team was staying. Para-Badminton India posted a video of the incident with a spiral of smoke rising from the blast scene and added that the players are safe.

Indian para-badminton team coach Gaurav Khanna tweeted, “Nothing to panic. We all are safe here and the organisors and respective agencies are talking utmost care.”

One blast happened near a police station and another on a street near the parliamentary building that hit the building belonged to an insurance company, said the witnesses.

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A scene of the blast at Ugandan capital Kampala.

Some lawmakers were seen evacuating the precincts of the parliamentary building nearby, according to national broadcaster UBC.

“Indian Team is Safe! There are multiple Bomb Blasts 100 mtr away from official hotel in which Indian team was staying including Manasi Joshi, Manoj Sarkar, Pramod Bhagat and coach Gaurav Khanna,” wrote India’s Para-Badminton Twitter handle.

Travelling with the team was the recent recipient of the prestigious Khel Ratna awards Pramod Bhagat.

“An honour to be presented the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna by Hon’ble President Shri Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan with my family in attendance. This will just motivate me to perform better and win more medals for India,” he had said three days back on Twitter.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.