Britain condemns 'cowardly' Uganda blasts

12th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Britain on Monday condemned the "cowardly" suicide bomb attacks in Uganda which killed 64 people watching the World Cup final on television at a bar and a restaurant in the capital.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement: "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 attacks, which also injured more than 60 people, have been blamed on Al Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents based in war-torn Somalia, where Uganda has thousands of troops deployed in an African Union mission.

© 2010 AFP

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