The senior Presidential Advisor in Charge of Special Operations, here Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has described as “sad” the suicide bomb attack in Manchester, United Kingdom.
At 10:33pm on Monday night, the police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena, in Manchester city centre, near Victoria train station.
At least 22 people were confirmed dead in the blast which officials described as “barbaric” and deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in society – young people and children out at a pop concert.
Muhoozi, who until recently commanded the Special Forces Command, an elite unit that guards the president and executes highly sensitive military operations, also labeled the incident a “terror attack”.
“Sad to hear about the terror attack at the Manchester Arena,” said Muhoozi on his official Twitter handle n Tuesday.
“Condolences to the people of the UK,” he added.
Muhoozi is the first Ugandan public official to condemn the attack that has outraged the world.
The senior official attended Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for military training and Nottingham University for his education.
Muhoozi has since participated in several anti-terrorism military operations in Uganda and Somalia.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said this was among the worst terrorist incidents UK has ever experienced in the United Kingdom.
“And although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced, and the worst ever to hit the north of England,” she observed.
“The police and security services are working at speed to establish the complete picture, but I want to tell you what I can at this stage.”
She said a single terrorist detonated his improvised explosive device near one of the exits of the venue, deliberately choosing the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately.
The explosion coincided with the conclusion of a pop concert, which was attended by many young families and groups of children.
“As things stand, I can tell you that in addition to the attacker, 22 people have died and 59 people have been injured. Those who were injured are being treated in 8 different hospitals across Greater Manchester,” she said.
“Many are being treated for life-threatening conditions. And we know that among those killed and injured were many children and young people.”