World Cup Bomb Suspects Arrested, Being Held in Uganda

July 13, 2010

Uganda (ChattahBox) – Police in Kampala have arrested several suspects that are believed to be responsible for two bombings (and a possible attempt at a third) at a rugby club, which killed 76 people who were watching the final of the World Cup, MSNBC reports.

A suicide vest was found this morning in another part of the city, in a different club. It had not been detonated, and the Telegraph says that police have not released what they thing the reasons for that are.

However, it is believed to be a further plot by the group responsible for the attacks, al-Shabaab, a militant Islamist group that claimed responsibility for the deadly blasts.

The group had been threatening to commit a terrorist act against the people of Uganda, in an attempt to force them to remove peacekeeping troops from Somalia, where they are acting as reinforcement for Western aid workers.

This is the first time the group has acted outside of Somalia, leading many to worry that they are pushing for a wider scope of power.

Of the 79 people killed, most were Ugandans, a few were Ethiopians, and one was a former American relief worker. Because one of those killed was a U.S. citizen, the FBI has sent a task force to Kampala to aid in the investigation.

Police did not release details on how many people were arrested.


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