Somali Militants Claim Uganda Bomb Attacks


A Ugandan man lies injured in the emergency ward at the Mulago hospital  in Kampala after bombs exploded at two sites in Uganda's capital late Sunday as people watched the World Cup soccer final on TVA Ugandan man lies injured in the emergency ward at the Mulago hospital in Kampala after bombs exploded at two sites in Uganda’s capital late Sunday as people watched the World Cup soccer final on TV, killing dozens, 12 Jul 2010

Al-Qaida’s affiliate in Somalia, al-Shabab, has taken responsibility for two separate bombings late Sunday in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.  The death toll has risen to more than 70 and dozens more remain seriously wounded.

Speaking to reporters from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, al-Shabab’s spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage, also known as Ali Dheere, said the twin blasts were in retaliation for Uganda’s failure to withdraw its troops from Somalia.

Ugandan soldiers make up more than half the 6,100-member African Union peacekeeping force in the Horn of African country. 

The force, which is mandated to protect the U.N.-backed Transitional Federal Government from insurgent attacks, has been fighting near daily battles with al-Shabab in Mogadishu since the first Ugandan contingent arrived in 2007.


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