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Security Tight as African Leaders Arrive in Uganda

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, right, on his arrival at Entebbe  International Airport Uganda for the African summit, 24 Jul 2010

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, right, on his arrival at Entebbe International Airport Uganda for the African summit, 24 Jul 2010 AP)

 

July 24, 2010

 

(KATAKAMI / VOA)  Uganda is deploying heavy security across its capital Kampala as dozens of African heads of state begin arriving for the latest African Union Summit.

Uganda’s Foreign Minister Okello Oryem Saturday told the French news agency (AFP) that security measures exceed the normally tight security during state visits.

The meeting officially begins on Sunday, just two weeks after 76 people died in Kampala in twin bomb attacks targeting people watching the World Cup final match.

Somalia’s islamist militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they were in retaliation for the deployment of Ugandan peacekeepers in Somalia.

The peacekeepers are part of an African Union mission, and after the attacks, the AU declared that Somalia would be at the top of the agenda at the AU summit.

Thursday, after preliminary meetings among ministers, the AU announced the number of peacekeepers would be boosted to around 8,000 with the addition of troops from Guinea.

Saturday, former British prime minister Gordon Brown addressed a preliminary meeting in Kampala.

He told participants the world needs Africa and said future economic growth depends on harnessing the production and consumer demand potential across the continent.

It was Mr. Brown’s first public appearance since leaving office.

Friday, the United States announced that Attorney General Eric Holder will also address the summit in Kampala.  He is expected to arrive Sunday.  (*)

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Uganda ‘suicide bombers’ images released

Composite image of bombing suspects (Pics: Interpol)
Interpol has released two pictures of each of the men it says may have been bombers
July 28, 2010

(KATAKAMI / BBC)  Images of two men police believe carried out deadly bombings in Uganda a week ago have been released.

Interpol is circulating reconstructions of what the two might have looked like.

Police found two unidentified heads in the wake of the Kampala bombings that killed at least 73 people, and believe the pair were suicide attackers.

At least 73 people died at a rugby club and a restaurant during the World Cup final. Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has said it was behind the blasts.

Ugandan troops are part of an African Union force supporting a fragile interim government in Somalia.

‘No coincidence’Two bodies which seemed to have borne the brunt of the blasts remained unclaimed and unidentified, police in Kampala said, leading them to conclude suicide bombers were responsible.

“These attacks were carried out by suicide bombers. The evidence is overwhelming,” police chief Kale Kayihura told a news conference in the Ugandan capital.

“Two heads have not been claimed, neither have they been identified. It can’t be a coincidence.”

Families mourn at funeral for Eritrean victims of Kampala attacks
Most of the victims were Ugandans, Ethiopians and Eritreans

Mr Kayihura also said facial reconstruction of the suspected bombers suggested that one was of Somali origin and the other a black African of undetermined origin.

At the request of the Ugandan police, Interpol published photos on Sunday of the possible appearance of the suspected suicide bombers, based on their facial reconstructions.

“By making these photos public, we believe someone, somewhere could recognise one or both of these men,” Mr Kayihura said.

Ugandan authorities have arrested more than 20 people as they investigate the attacks.

At least 60 of those killed were Ugandan nationals. The other victims included Ethiopian, Eritrean, Indian and Congolese nationals as well as an Irish and a US citizen.

Dozens of other people are still being treated in hospital for their injuries.  (*)

British Government condemn Bomb attacks in Kampala

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July 12, 2010

(KATAKAMI / NUMBER10.GOV.UK)  Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned the bomb attacks in Kampala and sent his ”heartfelt sympathies to President Museveni”.

Mr Hague called the attacks “cowardly” and stressed the “UK will stand with Uganda in fighting such brutal acts of violence and terror”.

The Foreign Secretary said:

“I was deeply shocked to hear of the bomb attacks that took place in Kampala last night, which left many people dead and injured. I send my heartfelt sympathies to President Museveni and the people of Uganda, in particular the families and friends of those who lost their lives, and wish a full and speedy recovery to those who were injured.

These were cowardly attacks during an event that was widely seen as a celebration of African unity, and I condemn them in the strongest possible terms. The UK will stand with Uganda in fighting such brutal acts of violence and terror.”

The Prime Minister has also passed on his personal condolences to President Museveni following the devastating bomb attacks.

Uganda makes arrests after twin bomb blasts

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July 13, 2010

(KATAKAMI / Reuters) – Uganda has made arrests after Somali Islamists said they detonated two bombs killing at least 74 people, and an unexploded suicide-bomb belt has been found at a new site, a government spokesman said on Tuesday,

“Arrests were made late yesterday after an unexploded suicide bomber’s belt was found in the Makindye area (of the capital Kampala),” said government spokesman Fred Opolot.

Somali islamist group claims responsibility for Uganda blasts

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One of the survivor of Sunday’s bomb blast in Mulago Hospital in the Ugandan capital Kampala, Monday, July 12, 2010. An al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group suspected in twin bombings in Uganda’s capital that hit crowds watching the World Cup final endorsed the attacks Monday but stopped short of claiming responsibility. (Getty)

(KATAKAMI / RFI.FR) The Somali Islamist group al-Shebab has claimed responsibility for the overnight bomb blasts in the Ugandan capital Kampala that killed at least 74 people.

“We are behind the attack because we are at war with them,” Ali Mohamoud Rage, the group’s top spokesman told reporters in Mogadishu.

In an audio message earlier this month the group said that Uganda would face retaliation for its role in supporting the western-backed Somali transitional government.

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A health worker at Mulago Hospital treats one of the survivors of Sunday’s explosion in the Ugandan capital Kampala, Monday, July 12, 2010. An al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group suspected in twin bombings in Uganda‘s capital that hit crowds watching the World Cup final endorsed the attacks Monday but stopped short of claiming responsibility. (Getty)

“We had warned the Ugandans to refrain from their actions, we spoke to the leaders and we spoke to the people and they never listened to us,” Rage said.

Meanwhile, the global police agency Interpol has said it will send a team to Uganda to assist local officers.

Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble branded the attack on Kampala football fans “despicable and cowardly” and said that Ugandan police chief Kale Kayihura had requested assistance.  (*)