France condemns 'barbaric' Uganda attacks

12th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

France on Monday condemned as "barbaric" the bomb blasts that killed at least 64 people at World Cup parties in Uganda, which has blamed the violenceon Al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia.

"I condemn with the greatest firmness the attacks" that took place on Sunday in the east African country's capital Kampala, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a statement.

"The authors of these barbaric acts must be identified, pursued and brought to justice."

Two bombs ripped through crowds watching the football World Cup final at a sports bar and an Ethiopian restaurant in Kampala on Sunday, officials said.

No group claimed responsibility but Uganda pointed the finger at the Shebab Islamist group in Somalia, where Uganda has thousands of troops deployed in an African Union mission.

"In these painful circumstances, France expresses its sincerest condolences to the Ugandan authorities and people, and particularly to the families and relatives of the victims of various nationalities," Kouchner said.

"France stands beside the Ugandan people and supports Uganda in its fight against terrorism."

© 2010 AFP

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