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Kampala twin bomb blast death toll rises to 74

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The number of people killed in two co-ordinated bomb blasts in the Ugandan capital Kampala has risen to 74.

The explosions ripped through bars packed with football fans watching the World Cup final
in a restaurant and a sports club.

Militant Islamists from Somalia are suspecrted of carrying out the attacks in retaliation for Uganda’s contribution to a peacekeeping force in Mogadishu.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Moseveni has been visiting the scene of the explosions where he comforted survivors and pledged to hunt down what he called “the authors of this crime”.

Uganda is east Africa’s third largest economy and is attracting much foreign investment in its oil sector after two decades of relative stability.

So far no group has admitted carrying out the attacks but an al Shabab commander, in Somalia, Sheikh Yusuf Isse, praised the bombings saying Uganda was an “infidel nation”.

A spokesperson for the White House said Washington was ready and willing to help Uganda hunt down those responsible for the atrocities.