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Uganda attacks leave 64 dead

At least 64 peoplehave been killed after bombs exploded at two sites in Uganda's capital as people gathered to watch the World Cup final on TV.

Police in Kampala did not immediately confirm a death toll, but reports from the scene indicated that more than 20 people may have been killed.

Police chief Kale Kaihura said he believed Somalia's most feared militia - al-Shabab, which has pledged loyalty to al Qaida - could be behind the attacks.

One of the bombs went off at an Ethiopian restaurant - al-Shabab views Ethiopia as an enemy.

The second blast went off at restaurant called the Kyadondo Rugby Club.

An AP reporter at the two scenes estimated that the death toll would be more than 20.

At the scenes of the two blasts chairs were overturned. Blood and pieces of flesh littered the floor.

Al-Shabab is Somalia's most dangerous militant group, one that militant veterans of the Afghan, Pakistan and Iraq conflicts have helped train, according to international officials.

If early suspicions that al-Shabab was responsible prove true, it would be the first time the group has carried out attacks outside of Somalia.


From Belfast Telegraph