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It has been established that the bus belonged to Kampala Coach, a bus line that plies the Nairobi-Kampala route.
Witnesses say grenades were used in the attack with four attackers throwing them into the bus as passengers boarded. Reports say that Kenyan police may have shot down two of them.
This came after Uganda’s police chief warned Sunday of “strong indications” that Al-Qaeda-linked militants wanted to attack during the Christmas period and said security forces would issue an alert for vigilance.
The threats came from Islamist groups including the Al-Shabab and Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Inspector General Kale Kayihura told news agency AFP.
It is not known if the Nairobi explosion was linked to the Al-Shabaab threat with Kenyan police yet to confirm this possibility.
Uganda in July suffered East Africa’s worst attacks in 12 years when suicide bombers struck two Kampala bars, killing 76 people. The attack was claimed by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab rebels.
Mr Kayihura said authorities had received intelligence over possible attacks and Uganda was working with neighbouring countries to avert them.
“As police, we have engaged our colleagues in Kenya and other countries but the (solution) to these threats is people’s vigilance but we are going to come out with an elaborate strategy on this,” he said.