Irish woman reportedly killed in Uganda blast

Monday 12 July 2010 23.08
Kampala - Two bombs are being blamed on Somali Islamists
Kampala - Two bombs are being blamed on Somali Islamists

An Irish woman is believed to be among the 74 people killed in two bomb blasts in the Ugandan capital Kampala last night.

Somali Islamists are being blamed for the attacks, which saw bomb blasts rip through two bars packed with soccer fans watching the World Cup final.

A Somali Islamist group, al-Shabaab, has said it is happy with the bomb attacks, but it did not claim responsibility for them.

Al-Qaeda-inspired al-Shabaab has threatened to attack Uganda for sending peacekeeping troops to Somalia to prop up the Western-backed government.

One bombing targeted the Ethiopian Village restaurant in the Kabalagala district, a popular nightlife spot, which was full of football fans and is popular with foreign visitors.

The second attack struck a rugby club showing the match.

A police spokeswoman said ten of the dead were either Ethiopian or Eritrean.

Earlier, the US embassy in Kampala said one American was killed in the bomb blasts.

Police said it was possible those behind the attacks on the Ethiopian Village and the rugby club were targeting foreigners.

Ethiopian troops invaded Somalia in 2006 to oust an Islamist movement from Mogadishu, which sparked the Islamist insurgency.