Interpol to help Ugandan police in Kampala bombings

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The global police agency Interpol said Monday it will send a team to Uganda to assist local officers following bomb attacks that killed at least 74 people.

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.

"Interpol will provide full support as requested by Major General Kayihura in assisting the investigation to identify and ultimately bring those behind this murderous attack to justice," he said in a statement.

"In addition to deploying a team to Kampala, Interpol will also assist in ensuring that all messages from any of its 188 member countries relating to the attacks are treated as a priority."

A spokesman for Somalia's Shebab Islamist insurgent group claimed responsibility for the overnight blasts in Uganda, which has deployed troops to Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission.

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