July 12th, 2010
Three bombs ripped through the Ugandan capital city of Kampala Sunday night killing at least 64 people and injuring scores more. Two bombs exploded nearly simultaneously on the grounds of the Kyadondo Rugby Club where thousands had gathered to watch the World Cup Finals on large screen televisions. About an hour earlier, another bomb went off at the crowded Ethiopian Village Restaurant, killing 15 people.
According to one eyewitness at the rugby club, the bombs went off with about three minutes left in the game:
On my knees, I began crawling towards what I thought was an exit. I saw corpses, many still seated in their chairs—like they were still watching the game. My hands felt human flesh lying on the ground, some of it sticking on my palms as I waded through the mass of humanity. Some of the human flesh kept falling from above, like drops of rainfall, falling on my back. The shouts of “bomb! bomb!” continued to ring in the air. I lay down for a while and when I saw policemen begin to wave to people to leave, I dashed out, relieved that I was alive but shocked that anyone would bring such a great party to an agonising bloody end.
While police are continuing to investigate, government spokesperson Fred Opolot said they believed the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. At least one of the suicide bombers is believed to be a Somali national. According to Uganda’s Daily Monitor:
In the recent past, Somali Islamists have threatened to attack Uganda for sending peacekeeping troops to their country under the auspices of the African Union to protect the struggling government of Sheikh Ahmed Sharif. The Islamists under their group al Shabaab have close ties with Osama Bin Laden’s al Qaeda military network who are known for conducting twin coordinated attacks.
President Yoweri Museveni condemned the attacks as “backwards and cowardly“:
“If they want to fight they should find soldiers, not attack people who are just enjoying themselves,” he said. “We shall look for them and get them, wherever they are.”
Al Shabaab did not claim responsibility, but the New York Times reports they are “happy” with the attacks:
In Mogadishu, the Somali capital, Sheik Yusuf Sheik Issa, a Shabab commander, told radio stations that he was happy with the attacks in Uganda but refused to confirm or deny responsibility by the Shabab. “Uganda is one of our enemies,” The Associated Press quoted him as saying. “Whatever makes them cry, makes us happy. May Allah’s anger be upon those who are against us.”
Al Shababba, which bans music, dancing and sports in the areas of Somalia under their control, has warned that they would kill anyone watching World Cup games in Somalia.
Update: The death toll has risen to 74. Kenya, which borders Uganda to the east, has placed its hospitals and medical personel at Uganda’s disposal. Meanwhile, Al Shabaab has officially claimed responsibility.
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