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Bomber’s vest proves vital clue to Ugandan bombings


A suicide bomber carried out at least one of the two bomb attacks that killed 76 people as they watched the World Cup final in Kampala, and several arrests have been made, a minister said yesterday.

A Somalian al-Qaeda-inspired group has claimed the attacks and police have already found an unexploded suicide vest at another site, seen as evidence of a botched plan for a third bomb strike.

One militant blew himself up at an Ethiopian restaurant in Kabalagala, where crowds had gathered to watch the football match on Sunday night.

“We can confirm at least for the case of Kabalagala that it was a suicide bomber,” State Minister for Internal Affairs Matia Kasaija said.

“We have arrested some suspicious characters. These are people of interest. Some are Ugandans, some are Somalis,” he said.

The second attack at the same time targeted a crowded bar. Both blasts have been claimed by Shebab insurgents in Somalia, who said it was in retaliation for the presence of Ugandan troops in an African Union force in Somalia.

Police have not given details of the identities of those arrested.

However, national police chief Kale Kayihura said on Tuesday that a suicide vest — laden with explosives and fitted with a detonator — had been found packed in a black laptop bag at a club in Kampala’s Makindye district on Monday.

While the bombers’ actions appeared to support the Shebab’s claim of responsibility, the police chief pointed a finger at a homegrown Muslim rebel group known as the Allied Democratic Forces.

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