(WFI) US President Barack Obama has castigated a “deplorable and cowardly” co-ordinated terrorist attack which killed at least 74 people watching the World Cup final in the Ugandan capital Kampala last night.
The attacks, which have been blamed on Somali Islamists, took place as the Spain v Netherlands match reached extra time, and shortly after the final whistle and celebrations ensued.
According to The Associated Press, the first bomb detonated at 10.25pm (8.25pm GMT) at the Ethiopian Village restaurant, which is popular with foreigners, killing 15 people.
Around 50 minutes later twin blasts then tore through the Lugogo rugby club, where crowds were watching the match on a large television screen, killing 49 people. At least 67 people were wounded.
At least one American died in the attacks and several others from a Pennsylvania church group were wounded in the restaurant attack.
“I remember blacking out, hearing people screaming and running,” 18 year-old Kris Sledge from Pennsylvania was quoted by AP.
“I love the place here but I’m wondering why this happened and who did this … At this point we’re just glad to be alive.”
Ugandan police have blamed the attacks on al-Shabab, a Somali terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda.
al-Shabab has called for attacks on Uganda and Burundi, whose soldiers make up the African Union peacekeeping force that protects Somalia’s government in Mogadishu.
In May reports in South Africa’s Sunday Times said that Pakistani and Somali militants were running training camps in neighbouring Mozambique and that some militants planned to cross the border into South Africa to launch attacks.
South African police minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the time that there was “no specific intelligence” linking Islamist militants to an attack on South African soil.
By INSIDER’s James Corbett.
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