Twin Blasts Hit Uganda, Leaves 64 Dead

July 12th, 2010 - 7:34 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
usgnaKampala, Uganda, July 12, (THAINDIAN NEWS) At least 64 people are estimated to have lost their lives in simultaneous bombings that rocked the capital city of Uganda on late Sunday. The explosion which took place at a rugby club as well as in an Ethiopian restaurant targeted the football lovers who had gathered at the two venues to catch the Football World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain yesterday. The blast which took place in quick succession left at least 71 one people injuries although authorities have revealed that the number of casualties is likely to rise.

The explosion at the Kyadondo Rugby Club took place at around 11 p.m local time in which more than 40 people are reported to have been killed. The other blast which took place at the Ethiopian restaurant left around 13 people dead, according to reports that have surfaced. Kale Kayihura, the chief of the police in Kampala have divulged that although information about who carried out the explosions are still scare, preliminary evidences are indicating that al-Shabab, the most feared extremist group of Somalia might be behind the attack. However, if al-Shabab indeed turns out to be the militant group behind the attacks, then it was the very first time that the group which has close links with al-Qaida, would carry out attacks outside Somalia.

Meanwhile, White House spokesperson Tommy Vietor has stated that the United States government is ready to provide any kind of support that Ugandan government might need at this moment of distress. The spokesperson also added that President Barack Obama was extremely saddened by the loss of innocent lives owing to such deplorable and cowardly attacks.

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