Uganda bombings kill 64 Cup watchers

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 12, 2010 07:56

Simultaneous blasts believed to be work of al-Qaida linked group.

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Uganda Bomb 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Two simultaneous bombings ripped through crowds watching the World Cup final in two places in Uganda's capital late Sunday, killing 64 people, police said.

The deadliest attack occurred at a rugby club as people watched the game between Spain and the Netherlands on a large-screen TV outdoors. The second blast took place at an Ethiopian restaurant.

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Kampala's police chief said he believed Somalia's most feared militant group, al-Shabab, could be responsible for the attack. Al-Shabab is known to have links with al-Qaida, and it counts militant veterans from the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan conflicts among its ranks.

A head and legs were found at the rugby club, suggesting a suicide bomber may have been to blame, an AP reporter at the scene said.

At the scenes of the two blasts, blood and pieces of flesh littered the floor among overturned chairs. A senior police official at the scene said that 64 people had been killed — 49 from the rugby club and 15 at the Ethiopian restaurant.

In Mogadishu, Somalia, Sheik Yusuf Sheik Issa, an al-Shabab commander, told The Associated Press early Monday that he was happy with the attacks in Uganda. Issa refused to confirm or deny that al-Shabab was responsible for the bombings.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly condemned the attacks, in which at least one American was killed.

Earlier Sunday, a White House spokesman said President Barack Obama was "deeply saddened by the loss of life resulting from these deplorable and cowardly attacks."


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