At Least 40 Killed in Uganda Blasts


Ugandan police say bomb attacks killed at least 40 people late Sunday at two sites in the capital, Kampala, where people were gathered to watch the World Cup.

Police said the first blast ripped through an Ethiopian restaurant. The second attack struck a rugby club.

Many were injured at both locations. Several foreigners were among the victims. The U.S. embassy said one American was among the dead. Media reports said three Americans were wounded.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks

Somali militias have threatened to attack Kampala because Ugandan peacekeepers are part of the African Union force deployed to Somalia to support the interim government.

In the Somali capital Mogadishu, a commander for the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab, Sheik Yusuf Sheik Issa, told the Associated Press he was happy with the attacks in Uganda, but refused to confirm or deny whether al-Shabab was responsible.

White House officials said President Barack Obama was “deeply saddened” by the “deplorable and cowardly” attacks. They said the United States is ready to provide any assistance requested by the Ugandan government. VOA