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Uganda bombings linked to Somali suicide bombers
Police and other security agencies in Uganda are making investigations to establish whether Somali suicide bombers were responsible for bomb blasts that tore through two crowded areas killing 64 people who had gathered to watch the world cup finals on television.
Two bomb blasts occurred last night in Kampala at the Kyadondo rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant in the suburbs of Kampala.
A statement issued today by government has put the official number of those killed at 64, and those hospitalized with injuries at 57.
There were reports that the attack could have been done by suicide bombers because two bodies were severely blown up with their body parts scattered several meters apart.
And although experts say that the body parts on the scene is usually the case in suicide bombings, police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba says the police "are investigating to establish whether suicide bombers were responsible for the attacks."
Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda has visited the scenes of blasts and also visited hospitals to see those injured.
Meanwhile, Uganda police boss, Kale Kaihura has said that he suspects that the bombs were planted by El shabab militants.
Kaihura said that "for some time they have been warning us .They could be the ones responsible for the attacks."
Al-Shaba threatened to attack Uganda and Burundi for donating peacekeepers to Somalia after AU peacekeepers largely made up of soldiers from Uganda and Burundi carried out a retaliatory attack on al-Shabab last October.
The retaliatory attack had taken place after the Islamist group attacked Mogadishu airport, in an attempt to kill Somalia’s UN-backed president Mr. Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.
Over 20 civilians were killed in the process and al-Shabab said it would target Uganda and Burundi, to retaliate the death of "the civilians" who were killed as peacekeepers shelled insurgent strongholds in Mogadishu.
"We shall make their people cry. We will move our fighting to those two cities [Kampala and Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi] and we shall destroy them," al-Shabab commander Sheikh Ali Mohamed Hussein had been quoted by reporters.
The European Union in support of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1872 issued last year, launched a training mission in May with about 150 EU personnel coming from 14 EU countries to train some 1400 Somali recruits under Uganda peoples defence force in Uganda.