Interpol publishes pictures of Uganda bomb suspects

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Cross-border police agency Interpol on Sunday said it was publishing facial reconstructions of two suspected suicide bombers in the Uganda attacks that killed 73 people.

The France-based agency put out a call to police forces in its 188 member countries for information on the suspects and was making the images available to the public in the hope of identifying them, it said in a statement.

"By making these photos public, we believe someone, somewhere could recognise one or both of these men," Interpol quoted the head of the Ugandan police Kale Kayihura as saying.

"Our investigation into these terrible acts is advancing, and publishing these photos is another step forward in finding those responsible for the death and injury of so many innocent victims," he added.

Interpol said the images of the suspects' faces were reconstructed from remains found at the sites of two bombings on July 11 in the Uganda capital Kampala.

Kayihura told reporters separately in Kampala on Sunday that security forces had arrested more than 20 people including several Pakistanis over the bombings.

He said police believed the attacks were carried out by two suicide bombers and the facial reconstructions suggested one was of Somali origin and the other a black African of undetermined origin.

The Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab insurgent group in Somalia has claimed responsibility for the bombings at a Kampala restaurant and a crowded bar where people were watching the football World Cup final.

The Shebab said the attacks were in retaliation for the presence of Ugandan troops in an African Union force in Somalia which is propping up the fragile Western-backed transitional government there.

Interpol, which is based in Lyon, eastern France and helps coordinate police investigations and information-sharing between member countries, said it had sent a team to Uganda to support police there in their investigations.

© 2010 AFP

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