Unexploded suicide belt found in Kampala: police chief

19:45, July 13, 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)
An unexploded suicide belt was found in Makindye, a city suburb in the south of Kampala, said Uganda police chief here on Tuesday.

Uganda's Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura told a press briefing at Uganda Media Center that the attacker who planned to suicide with the bomb belt at ICS Discotheque in Makindye may have got coward and abandoned the belt at the scene.

Bomb explosions tore a huge crowd watching the World Cup final at Kyandondo Rugby Club in a suburb east of Kampala and an Ethiopian restaurant, south of Kampala, killing at least 70 people and leaving 71 others injured on Sunday.

Among the dead were 10 Ethiopians and Eritreans, one Indian and one American. However, Ugandan Red Cross spokesperson Catherine Ntabadde has put the total death toll of the blasts at 78.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday declared a one-week national mourning starting on Tuesday following the Sunday twin blasts in Kampala. He described the act as backward, irresponsible and coward by the terrorists.

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