Uganda Bombings Kill 64
Explosions hit two crowded areas in Uganda on Sunday, killing 64 people in attacks that authorities believe were the handiwork of terrorists. The simultaneous attacks targeted a rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant in the capital Kampala that were both showing the World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.
Police said 49 people were killed in the rugby club while 15 perished in the Ethiopian restaurant. An American was one of those confirmed dead, US Embassy spokeswoman Joann Lockard said. At least three Americans were also wounded in the restaurant attack, all of them members of a church group from Pennsylvania.
No suspects have been identified in the attacks, but Kampala police chief Kale Kaihura said Somali militant group al-Shabab could be behind the explosions. Al-Shabab commander Sheik Yusuf Sheik Issa did not confirm nor deny the group’s involvement in the bombings, but said in an interview with the Associated Press that they were “happy” with the attacks. “Uganda is one of our enemies. Whatever makes them cry, makes us happy. May Allah’s anger be upon those who are against us,” he said.
Uganda is one of the countries that contribute soldiers to the African Union peacekeeping force in Mogadishu, where the Somali government controls only a small portion of the capital. The rest of Somalia is under militant groups.