Twin blasts rock Ugandan capital, killing dozens of football fans

14:22, July 12, 2010      

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People carry a man, injured in an explosion, upon his arrival at the Mulago Hospital in Kampala July 12, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

More than 40 people were feared dead after two bomb explosions targeting football fans rocked local restaurants in Kampala, Uganda's capital, on Sunday night.

"Over 40 people could have been killed in the blasts," said Moses Sakira, deputy director of Criminal Investigation Department. He said almost all of the victims were adults.

According to Uganda's New Vision website, the first explosion occurred shortly after 11 p.m. local time (2000 GMT) at the Kyadondo Rugby Club, in the east of the capital.

Blood, broken chairs, clothes and shoes were seen on the ground at the scene. Security soldiers and rescuers were evacuating and saving the wounded.

The scene had been cordoned off.

A witness who gave his name as Klaus told Xinhua that hundreds of local football fans were watching the World Cup final in front of a big-screen TV at the club as the blast happened.

The second blast was reported at the Ethiopian Village restaurant in the Kabalagala district, in the south of Kampala. The New Vision said a third blast was reported in Ntinda, but local police did not confirm it.

An American national was among the dead in the bloody attacks, the U.S. embassy said.

"At this time we can confirm that one American has been killed," said an embassy official.h Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the blasts as "deplorable and cowardly."

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