64 killed in Uganda explosions

KAMPALA - Explosions tore through crowds watching the Soccer World Cup final at a rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant, killing at least 64 people.

KAMPALA - Explosions tore through crowds watching the Soccer World Cup final at a rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant, killing at least 64 people.

Police feared an al-Qaeda-linked Somali militant group was behind the attacks.

Uganda's president declared Monday yesterday: "We shall get them wherever they are."

The blasts came two days after a commander with the Somali group al-Shabab called for militants to attack sites in Uganda and Burundi, two nations that contribute troops to the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.

A California-based aid group said one of its American workers was among the dead. Police said Ethiopian, Indian and Congolese nationals were also among those killed and wounded.

Ugandan government spokesperson Fred Opolot said yesterday there were indications that two suicide bombers took part in the Sunday attacks, which left nearly 60 others wounded.

If al-Shabab did carry out the blasts, it would be the first time the group has struck outside Somalia.

Blood and pieces of flesh littered the floor among overturned chairs at the scenes of the blasts, which went off as people watched the game between Spain and the Netherlands.

The attack on the rugby club, where crowds sat outside watching a large-screen TV, left 49 dead, police said. Fifteen others were killed in the restaurant explosion.

President Yoweri Museveni toured the blast sites yesterday and said the terrorists behind the bombings should fight soldiers, not "people who are just enjoying themselves". - Sapa-AP

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