Uganda gov't to compensate bomb attack victims

08:05, July 15, 2010      

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Ugandan government on Wednesday said it will provide financial support and compensation for victims and survivors of the Sunday night multiple bomb attacks, which killed over 70 and left 71 others injured.

Tarsis Kabwegyere, Uganda's minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees told Parliament that the cabinet on Wednesday took a common decision to pay 2,500 U.S dollars (5 million Uganda shillings) as compensation to the bereaved families who lost their relatives in the Sunday night bomb attack.

He said government will compensate each of those who were injured in the attack with 1,500 U.S. dollars (3 million Uganda shillings).

The special compensation follows Tuesday's demand by Ugandan legislators for the government to meet medical bills, funeral expenses and compensation for the victims of the incident.

"The government will compensate for all the lives lost in the Sunday night attack. We shall also compensate those who were injured," said Kabwegyere.

"The ministry of health and that of internal affairs will work together for the identification and computation purpose of the victims," he said.

Three 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.

The Ugandan police on Wednesday revised the death toll of attack from 76 to 74. The police said the dead include six Eritreans, one Ethiopian, Kenyan, American, Congolese, Sir Lankan, Indian and an Irish.

Al Shabab, an armed faction fighting the Somali Transitional Government with known links with al Qaeda has claimed responsibility of the deadly attack.

The East African country on Tuesday started one week national mourning declared by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday. The national flag is flying at half mast in the public and government institutions.

Source: Xinhua


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