Sunday, July 11, 2010

Two Explosions in Uganda capital Kampala kill at least 30 people — World cup crowds in Uganda’s capital Kampala were caught by surprised when two bombs exploded at two separate sites. One bomb detonated at an Ethiopian restaurant in Kampala, while the other one went off at Kyadondo Rugby Club which is also a restaurant, killing at least 30 people.

Tourists, including Americans, are believed to be among the casualties of the attacks, which happened as people watched the World Cup final. Chief of Police Kale Kaihura said he believed the perpetrators were Somalia’s militia al-Shabab, a group that has pledged its loyalty to the Taliban.

Barack Obama said the explosions were deplorable and cowardly, and he US National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said in a statement, “The president is deeply saddened by the loss of life resulting from these deplorable cowardly attacks, and sends his condolences to the people of Uganda and the loved ones who have been killed or injured. The United States is ready to provide any assistance requested by the Ugandan government.”

In Mogadishu, Sheik Yusuf Sheik Issa, and al-Shabab commander, refused to confirm or deny whether his group was responsible for the bombings, but felt no sympathy for the innocent victims.

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