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Uganda Arrests 6 In World Cup Bombings

Jul 13, 2010

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Uganda has arrested several suspects in its investigation of the weekend terrorist bombings that killed 76 people and injured hundreds more as they watched the World Cup finals.

At least six people have been arrested, according to reports. The Ugandan government is receiving assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. One U.S. citizen was killed in the attacks and others were wounded.

NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reported the following for the network's newscast:

Authorities are closing in on a number of people in Uganda who helped a Somali militia group bomb two venues in Kampala over the weekend.

A Somali Islamist group called al-Shabab took credit for attacking a club and restaurant during the World Cup finals on Sunday.

And while authorities say this is the first time the group has launched a terrorist attack outside of Somalia, it shouldn't be seen as a major escalation.

Al-Shabab has been fighting the transitional government in Somalia. Uganda has contributed troops to a peace-keeping fore that is keeping the transitional government in power.

Meanwhile, the Ugandan government said it recovered an unexploded suicide belt loaded with ball bearings at a much frequented nightclub in Kampala, Uganda's capital, indicating that the terrorists intended even more carnage.

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