Kenya sends investigators to help Uganda hunt for terrorists

15:56, July 14, 2010      

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The Kenyan government has sent senior anti-terror detectives to Uganda to help the country investigate the Sunday night's blasts that killed 76 people and wounded more others.

The local daily, the Standard, reported on Wednesday that the detectives left Nairobi on Tuesday hours after Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki pledged support to the neighbouring country.

"In the spirit of East African Community, we are in Kampala to help them and also know the mode used to commit the crime," the head of Anti-terrorism Police Nicholas Kamwende told the newspaper. "It should not be seen that Uganda is not capable to investigate the incident but a sign that we are together with our neighbours."

The suicide attacks on an Ethiopian restaurant and a sports club in Kampala left more than 70 people dead and the attacks came as those victims were watching on TV the World Cup finals between Spain and the Netherlands in South Africa.

President Kibaki, whose country has been hit twice by terrorists, on Tuesday condemned the barbaric act and assured his counterpart Yoweri Museveni of Kenya's support in bringing the perpetrators to book.

"I condemn this heinous and cowardly act which should only serve to strengthen our collective resolve to stamp out the evil of terrorism and promote a culture of peace and tolerance within our region," the President said.

"I pledge the full support of the government of Kenya in working together with your government to bring the perpetrators to justice," said Kibaki in a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
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