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Uganda bomb explosions kill 64

Bomb explosions tore through two bars broadcasting the World Cup finals in Uganda, killing at least 64 people and wounding 65 others.

Doctors treat victims at Mulago hospital in Kampala.
Doctors treat victims at Mulago hospital in Kampala.

KAMPALA // Bomb explosions that tore through two bars in the Ugandan capital killed at least 64 people and wounded 65 others, a national police spokeswoman said today. "We have 64 dead and 65 injured. The nationalities of all the fatalities will be released later," Judith Nabakooba said. The blasts went off as crowds of football fans were watching the World Cup finals in an Ethiopian restaurant on the southern outskirts of Kampala and in a rugby club in the east of the city.

An American national was among the dead, a US embassy official here said. Police chief Kale Kayihura said the explosions could be linked to recent threats by Somalia's al Qa'eda-inspired Shebab militia to countries that have sent troops to the African Union peace force there. Uganda and Burundi are the only African countries to have deployed forces to the war-wracked Horn of African country. * AFP