Bomb blast in Ethiopian restaurant killed at least 13 people in kampala, Uganda

( Please be advised Images might be disturbing ) Updated with more pictures from the bombings.

Two separate explosions have killed at least 23 people in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, late Sunday.

Police said the first blast at an Ethiopian restaurant killed 13 people.

The second explosion at at a rugby club killed at least 10.   Many were injured at both locations.

The police chief said the attacks seemed to be targeting crowds gathered to watch the World Cup.

From : VOA

At Least 23 Killed in Uganda Blasts
Some of those injured in the bomb blast at Kyaddondo Rugby grounds in Kampala – Photo by Wandera Ouma

Deadly blasts hit Ugandan capital

Updated:

At least 30 people have been killed in two separate bomb explosions in restaurants in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, police have said, in attacks apparently targeting crowds watching the World Cup final.

One blast hit an Ethiopian restaurant in the south of the city, while the other occurred at a rugby sports club in the east of Kampala, Kale Kayihura, the city’s police chief, said early on Monday.

He said many others had been injured at both sites, and several foreigners were believed to be among the casualties.

“These bombs were definitely targeting World Cup crowds,” Kayihura told reporters, adding that Somalia’s al-Shabab rebels, a group which has pledged loyalty to al-Qaeda, could be behind the attacks.

If that proves true, it would be the first time the group has carried out attacks outside of Somalia.

In the Somali capital, Mogadishu, an al-Shabab commander, told The Associated Press early Monday that he was happy with the attacks in Uganda, although he refused to confirm or deny that the group was responsible for the bombings.

A man attends a injured women , Sunday, July 11, 2010, after a bomb went off in a restaurant in Kampala's Kabalagala district, named Ethiopian Village.
A man attends a injured women , Sunday, July 11, 2010, after a bomb went off in a restaurant in Kampala's Kabalagala district, named Ethiopian Village.

“Uganda is one of our enemies. Whatever makes them cry, makes us happy,” Sheik Yusuf Sheik Issa said.

On Friday another al-Shabab commander, Sheik Muktar Robow, called for fighters to attack sites in Uganda and Burundi – two nations that contribute troops to the 6,000-strong African Union peacekeeping force in Mogadishu.

The force has been deployed to prop up Somalia’s Western-backed government which only controls a few square kilometres of the country.

In Washington late on Sunday Barack Obama, the US president, condemned the bombings.

A spokesman quoted him as saying the attacks were “deplorable and cowardly”.

Mike Hammer, spokesman for the National Security Council, said in a statement that the US was “ready to provide any assistance requested by the Ugandan government.”

US officials added that they were in contact with the US embassy in Kampala and in touch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding requests for assistance from Uganda’s government.

From : Al jazeera

Damaged chairs and tables amongst the debris strewn outside the restaurant "Ethiopian village" in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, July 12, 2010 after an explosion at the restaurant late Sunday.
Damaged chairs and tables amongst the debris strewn outside the restaurant "Ethiopian village" in Kampala, Uganda, Monday, July 12, 2010 after an explosion at the restaurant late Sunday.

Over 40 die in Kampala bomb blasts

WHAT should have been a feisty viewing of the 2010 World Cup finals between Netherlands and Spain turned tragic as three bomb explosions ripped through the city suburbs, killing over 40, leaving scores critically injured.
By this morning (2:00am), 15 bodies had been received at the city mortuary at Mulago as ambulances and Police patrol teams ferried the injured to various hospitals. Most of the deceased were part of the revellers at the popular Kyadondo Rugby Club in Lugogo.

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victims of kampala bomb blast
victims of kampala bomb blast

The first bomb went off in Ethiopian Village in Kabalaga. The explosion went off during the half-time of the match between Spain and Netherlands. The other two went off at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Nakawa at 11:18pm – one after the other in close succession.

The Police yesterday suspected that the Al Shabaab militants from Somalia could have been behind the attacks.

“We have been suspecting that these people could be planning something like this. At least I can confirm that 13 people have been killed in the Kabalagala incident and I am still waiting for reports from Kyadondo,” the Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, said on phone last night.

Asked who he meant by “these people”, Kayihura said: “Al Shabaab.” The Kabalagala bomb, the Police said, could have been targeting foreigners.

The Police could not put a figure on the casualties at Kyadondo though eyewitnesses put the dead at more than 40. There were also unconfirmed reports of other blasts in Ntinda and Bwaise.

Over 40 were injured. By 1:00am, Kyadondo was deserted, save for the injured awaiting evacuation as security operatives sealed off the place.

Witnesses said the two bombs exploded right in front of the giant screen relaying a live telecast from South Africa.

The night was soon after punctured with sirens on racing Police patrol trucks as the Police and counter-terrorism unit moved in.

The explosions took the victims by surprise as many were blown off their chairs and others died in their seats. Many others could have been killed and injured in the pandemonium that ensued.

In Kamwokya, a suburb popularly frequented by expatriates, all was quiet save for the car park which was full of vehicles where the Dutch Community hosted a live telecast of the match at Iguana restaurant.

Ntinda, a suburb that “never sleeps”, was deserted as several bars emptied hastily. Public transport was scarce save for a few brave boda boda riders. Most revellers in groups were seen walking home, some still carrying the famous vuvuzela, a trademark of the 2010 World Cup, South Africa.

From; New vision online

Images from the Uganda Bombings

A Ugandan man lies injured in the emergency ward at the Mulago hospital, Monday July 12, 2010, in Kampala after bombs exploded at two sites in Uganda's capital late Sunday as people watched the World Cup soccer final on TV, killing dozens.
A Ugandan man lies injured in the emergency ward at the Mulago hospital, Monday July 12, 2010, in Kampala after bombs exploded at two sites in Uganda’s capital late Sunday as people watched the World Cup soccer final on TV, killing dozens.

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An American women lies injured at the emergency ward at the Mulago hospital, Monday July 12, 2010, in Kampala, Uganda after two explosions ripped through crowds watching the World Cup final in two places in Uganda's capital late Sunday, killing dozens of people, police said.
An American women lies injured at the emergency ward at the Mulago hospital, Monday July 12, 2010, in Kampala, Uganda after two explosions ripped through crowds watching the World Cup final in two places in Uganda's capital late Sunday, killing dozens of people, police said.

An injured man lies on a hospital bed as he receives a treatment at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda's capital, 11 July 2010.
An injured man lies on a hospital bed as he receives a treatment at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda's capital, 11 July 2010.
Eighteen-year-old US citizen from Pennsylvania, who did not wish to reveal his name, talks to a nurse as he receives a treatment at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda's capital, 11 July 2010.
Eighteen-year-old US citizen from Pennsylvania, who did not wish to reveal his name, talks to a nurse as he receives a treatment at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda's capital, 11 July 2010.
An injured man at the Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda's capital, 11 July 2010.
An injured man at the Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda's capital, 11 July 2010.
Lifeless bodies lie on the ground after a bomb went off at an Ethiopian restaurant, in Kampala's Kabalagala district, in Uganda, Sunday, July 11, 2010. Bombs exploded at two sites in Uganda's capital late Sunday as people watched the World Cup final on TV, killing dozens.
Lifeless bodies lie on the ground after a bomb went off at an Ethiopian restaurant, in Kampala's Kabalagala district, in Uganda, Sunday, July 11, 2010. Bombs exploded at two sites in Uganda's capital late Sunday as people watched the World Cup final on TV, killing dozens.
Thomas Kramer, rests in the International Hospital, Kampala, Uganda, Monday, July 12, 2010. He is one of the five US citizens who was injured in a bomb blast Sunday in an Ethiopian restaurant in Kampala frequented by western expatriates, while watching the final World Cup match. "I never thought that could happen to me" says the fourteen-year-old US boy from Pennsylvania who went with his mother and her church to to help build a wall around a church and school and experience Africa firsthand.
Ethiopian citizen Micky Abebe (R) and Eritrean Samson Tesfai (L) both survivors of an explosion attack rest inside a ward at the International Hospital Kampala, July 12, 2010. Somali Islamists said on Monday they had carried out two bomb attacks in Uganda that killed 74 soccer fans watching the World Cup final on television. REUTERS/Benedicte Desrus

WHAT should have been a feisty viewing of the 2010 World Cup finals between Netherlands and Spain turned tragic as three bomb explosions ripped through the city suburbs, killing over 40, leaving scores critically injured.

By this morning (2:00am), 15 bodies had been received at the city mortuary at Mulago as ambulances and Police patrol teams ferried the injured to various hospitals. Most of the deceased were part of the revellers at the popular Kyadondo Rugby Club in Lugogo.

The first bomb went off in Ethiopian Village in Kabalaga. The explosion went off during the half-time of the match between Spain and Netherlands. The other two went off at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Nakawa at 11:18pm – one after the other in close succession.

The Police yesterday suspected that the Al Shabaab militants from Somalia could have been behind the attacks.

“We have been suspecting that these people could be planning something like this. At least I can confirm that 13 people have been killed in the Kabalagala incident and I am still waiting for reports from Kyadondo,” the Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, said on phone last night.

Asked who he meant by “these people”, Kayihura said: “Al Shabaab.” The Kabalagala bomb, the Police said, could have been targeting foreigners.

The Police could not put a figure on the casualties at Kyadondo though eyewitnesses put the dead at more than 40. There were also unconfirmed reports of other blasts in Ntinda and Bwaise.

Over 40 were injured. By 1:00am, Kyadondo was deserted, save for the injured awaiting evacuation as security operatives sealed off the place.

Witnesses said the two bombs exploded right in front of the giant screen relaying a live telecast from South Africa.

The night was soon after punctured with sirens on racing Police patrol trucks as the Police and counter-terrorism unit moved in.

The explosions took the victims by surprise as many were blown off their chairs and others died in their seats. Many others could have been killed and injured in the pandemonium that ensued.

In Kamwokya, a suburb popularly frequented by expatriates, all was quiet save for the car park which was full of vehicles where the Dutch Community hosted a live telecast of the match at Iguana restaurant.

Ntinda, a suburb that “never sleeps”, was deserted as several bars emptied hastily. Public transport was scarce save for a few brave boda boda riders. Most revellers in groups were seen walking home, some still carrying the famous vuvuzela, a trademark of the 2010 World Cup, South Africa.

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  1. የሞተ ሰው ፎቶ በሚዲያ ማውጣት የሙያ እንጭጭነት ያሳያል:: እባካችሁን አንሱት:: ለሞቱና ለተጎዱ ሰዎች ቤተሰቦች ሓዘኔ ጥልቅ ነው::ጽናቱን ይስጣቸው::

  2. ምን ይባላል እግዚአብሔር ይመልከተው በተቀመጡበት ጨረሱዋቸው እኮ
    ያሳዝናል ነፍሳቸውን ይማር የተረፉትንም ምህረቱን ይላክላቸው ሌላ ምን ይባላል?

  3. This is the worst of 2010. I pray justice will prevail.
    Atleast not in Uganda capital. Now who has nugu on UG for heaven’s sake.

  4. This is the worst of 2010. I pray justice will prevail.
    Atleast not in Ugandan capital. Now who has nugu on UG for heaven’s sake.

  5. Sad Day !!
    I hope president Obama u are paying Attention if u are we don’t need lip service we need action on this blood killers heads !! F18 from red sea will do it !!

  6. R.I.P but it’s all EPRDF’s fault for running a war with neighbor who are Blood thirsty and Murderous since 1980s ….and our government move to stir up and put an administration lame like ours failed and it did not end then it begin haunting Ethiopian government interest and civil citizens abroad. This is yet again a failed strategy which always ignores the talking part of politics. As the saying goes “make your mess, a message ‘but again EPRDF failed to do so. I am really sad and mad at the same time. Our government’s war against ‘terror’ left its mark on our hearts at the world cup final. And there is no better time to consider imperialists’ fund to regional stability and safety of civilian citizens home and abroad. And I hope the government will be a lot smarter next time around, we only have one life to live: no life to spare! GOD put their soul in heaven.

  7. This is another stupid crime in the name of allah and quran.
    The saddest thing is even the elders and most of educated muslims
    support killing and terror in the name of islam.
    Ethiopia should take a strong measure againest any
    individuals that support extrimists.
    R.I.P the lost ones.

  8. I never been sad like today in my whole life i feel sad for our beloved ugandan brother and sisters and our poor habesha , i lived in uganda for 7 years and i never seen such a nice people who gave out everything they can for those who is in need they gave me a freedom which didnt have in my home country they dont deserve this feel sorry for them God bless the people and the country

  9. What else will make a sane person say..”..their cry is our Joy?” This is devilish extremism that we all should strive to exterminate.We live in the world,as brothers not enemies..our hearts go out to dear Ugandan brothers and sisters..our love at this trying moments.

  10. ውህይ ዎኡልድ አንዮነ ዶ ሱችህ አ ቾዋርድልይ ትሂንግ. ጶእፕለ ውሆ ቦምብ ህቨ ኖ ሆኖር አት አልል. እት ማከስ መ ሲችክ ቶ ትሂንክ ትሃት ትሀሰ ሊቨስ ውሀረ ስኑፍፈድ ኦኡት ውሀን ትሀይ ውሀረ ትሀረ ቶ ሀልፕ ፐኦፕለ. ጥሀ ተርሮሪስት ትሃት ዲድ ትሂስ አረ ትሀ ስቹም ኦፍ ትሀ ኧርትህ. ጥሀይ ሃቨ አ ሊሚተድ ኢንቲለችት, አንድ አረ ትሀ ሎወስትሆፍ ሁማን ኪንድ. ጥሀይ አረ ቾዋርድስ ትሃት ቻንኖት ፋቸ አን እነምይ.እ አም ትርዪንግ ቶ ፎርጊቨ ትሂስ አትታችክ, ቡት ኢን ምይ ሀአርት እ ፊንድ ኦንልይ ራገ. ኣ ዎርሪኦር, ፋቸስ ሂስ ፎእስ ፋቸ ቶ ፋቸ.

  11. killing innocent people is one of the worst things one can ever do on plant earth once again we are left with doubts wether islam is a religion that promotes muderers or preaches love.am so dissapointed in the people that did such a crime am sure they are parents and its their own children that will pay for these crimes i once again send my condolence message to the bereved family.as ugandans let us stand together regardless of our differences and we fight these cowards.

  12. All people must stand ugainst the terrist specialy muslim family they must have do this is reayle bed

    From Ethiopia

  13. i feel very sad,today as we remember that fateful night where we lost our sisters and brothers.
    may er souls rest in eternal peace.

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