Death toll of Uganda's twin blasts rises to 70

21:07, July 12, 2010      

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Paramedics attend to an unidentified U.S. citizen at Mulago Hospital in Uganda's capital Kampala July 11, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The death toll of the twin blasts in Ugandan capital city of Kampala late Sunday night has risen to 70, including over ten foreigners, police spokesperson confirmed here on Monday.

Judith Nabakooba, local police spokesperson told reporters at Mulago Hospital that the first explosion in Ethiopian Village restaurant, south of Kampala, killed 15 people, including ten Ethiopians and Eritreans, one Indian, one American and three Ugandans.

The second one ripped through Kyadondo Rugby Club, east of Kampala, where hundreds of football fans were watching the World Cup final.

So far, 57 people were hospitalized and another 14 were treated for minor injuries and discharged. Three Americans who were among the injured were airlifted to Nairobi for further treatment.

Ugandan government has set up identification and trauma centers at Mulago Hospital and Kampala International Hospital.

Al shabab, an armed faction fighting Somali Transitional Government warned Uganda and Burundi against deploying peacekeepers in Somalia, threatening to launch attacks in their capital cities on civilian targets.

The blasts occurred a week before the African Union summit is to be hosted here, which would bring together most African leaders and senior officials, raising concerns on the security during the meeting.

Source: Xinhua


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