Ugandan authorities have made a number of arrests after Somali Islamists said they detonated two bombs which killed at least 76 people as they watched the World Cup final.The twin explosives ripped through two bars packed with football fans watching the final moments of the game on television late on Sunday.Investigators have also discovered an unexploded suicide-bomb belt at a third site, a government spokesman said today.
Attack: Two people receive medical treatment after bombs exploded at a bar and restaurant in the Ugandan capital KampalaSpokesman Fred Opolot said: 'Arrests were made yesterday after an unexploded suicide bomber's belt was found in the Makindye area (of the capital Kampala).'Radical Somali group Al Shabaab, which has links with Al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attack.It has threatened further attacks against Uganda and Burundi, both of which have soldiers acting as peacekeepers in Somalia, if they do not withdraw their troops.Mr Opolot said there was no suggestion an African Union summit to be hosted by Uganda later this month would be cancelled following the attacks.
'The explosions in Kampala were only a minor message to them... we will target them everywhere if Uganda does not withdraw from our land.'Investigators have been searching through the blast sites, one an outdoor screening at a rugby club and the other an Ethiopian restaurant.A California-based aid group said one of its U.S. workers was among the dead. Officials said 60 Ugandans, nine Ethiopians, one Irish woman and one Asian person were also among those killed.
Another 85 people were wounded.
Lori Ssebulime, a member of the group, said: 'Emily was rolling around in a pool of blood screaming.
'Five minutes before it went off, Emily said she was going to cry so hard because she didn't want to leave.
'She wanted to stay the rest of the summer here.'Invisible Children, a San Diego-based aid group that helps child soldiers, identified of its workers Nate Henn as among the dead.The FBI has sent agents from the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi to assist in the investigation.Ugandan President Museveni visited the sites of the blasts yesterday.He said: 'We shall go for them wherever they are coming from.'We will look for them and get them as we always do.'