July 11th, 2010
06:08 PM ET

At least 9 killed in two Uganda bombings

[Updated at 10:10 p.m.] At least six Americans are among those injured in Sunday's bombings in Kampala, Uganda, CNN has confirmed.

Read the full CNN.com report

[Updated at 6:50 p.m.] At least nine people have died in pair of bombings that struck a restaurant and a rugby ground in Uganda's capital as patrons gathered to watch Sunday's World Cup final, police said.

Nine people died and five were wounded at an Ethiopian restaurant in Kampala, police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba said. But there was a yet-undetermined number of fatalities and injuries at a rugby field where other fans gathered to watch Sunday night's match between Spain and the Netherlands, Nabakooba said.

Earlier, police indicated that at least 40 people had been killed in the two bombings.

The bombs went off within 25 minutes of each other shortly after 10 p.m. (3 p.m. ET), as fans gathered in both locations. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for what Nabakooba called "definite acts of terrorism."

Islamic militants battling Somalia's U.N.-backed transitional government have threatened attacks on Uganda and Burundi, which contribute troops to an African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia. But Nabakooba said the investigation of Sunday's bombings is not yet focused on any specific group.

[Posted at 6:08 p.m.] At least 40 people have died in a pair of bombings that struck a restaurant and a rugby club in Uganda's capital as patrons gathered to watch Sunday's World Cup final, police said.

Journalist Samson Ntale contributed to this report for CNN.

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  1. Jon

    Pure Evil.

    July 11, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      This bombing a public place routine is becoming a world wide phenomena. Any lunatic can figure out how to make a bomb and trigger it. ...and we don't have a shortage of lunatics, world wide.

      July 11, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • American in Uganda

      CNN needs to update their article .
      "WHAT should have been a feisty viewing of the 2010 World Cup finals between Netherlands and Spain turned tragic as three bomb explosions ripped through the city suburbs, killing over 40, leaving scores critically injured."
      For more information on this tragedy checkout the rest of the article where the latter quote was extracted from;
      Name of article: Over 40 die in Kampala bomb blasts
      Link: http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/12/725545

      July 11, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • American in Uganda

      CNN here is another article from one of Uganda's newspapers;

      July 11, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Derek

    Why do people insist that their version of crazy (religion) is better than another?

    July 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      It's an inferiority complex in each individual and the religion they promote.

      July 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathan

      we should use their crazy ideas and feed the suicidals to the hogs after finding their remains..since they don't eat pork let the pork eat them...this should stop future suicide bombers...What 72 virgins would have anything to do with hog excrement lol.. I realize that this post may get me banned..but I'm of the opinion that this may be the only way to discourage suicide bombers /......

      July 11, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Wow, some people never get over "9/11 syndrome" where they automatically blame some people or religion.... I guess we should just call the Ugandan authorities and tell them no investigation is necessary, just blame it on the "muzzlimms."

      "Nabakooba said the investigation of Sunday's bombings is not yet focused on any specific group." Maybe they know something the "blamers" don't. Personally, I'll wait for an investigation, or at least a claim of responsibility before I say anything... I can't run around like a stupid chicken, blaming because it's they way I've been brainwashed.

      July 12, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nthabiseng

    What a terrible end to Africa's successful hosting of the world cup. Condolences to those affected.

    July 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    Who said this had anything to do with religion? At least as of yet. And Uganda is a Christian nation before the Muslim hate parade starts.

    July 11, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Resident of Uganda

      Muslim hate?

      Sheesh! Don't you ever pull your head out of your church voting guide long enough to read the news?

      Uganda is a poster child for Christian hatred.

      And our evangelists are the ones whut went over there and fanned the flames.

      July 11, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaroNJ

      To Brian,
      Stop being politiclly correct. This is from BBC

      "These bombs were definitely targeting World Cup crowds," Inspector General of Police Kal Kayihura told AFP.

      Somali militants have in the past threatened to attack Kampala; Ugandan troops are deployed in Mogadishu.

      Mr Kayihura told AP news agency he believed Somalia's militant group al-Shabab could be behind the attack."

      July 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ellez


      July 11, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Resident of Uganda

      One thing folks need to realize about Uganda (and Burundi and Rwanda). It is one of the most gorgeous places on Earth. Absolutely incredible. Next to it, Tanzania and Kenya look like the Sahara desert. The climate is perfect, the soil is volcanic, it is surrounded by mountains that keep the moisture in, the country is elevated, so the equatorial climate is temperate, rather than hot, there are rich mineral and agricultural resources.

      And Idi Amin and Milton Obote turned what should have been Eden into hell.

      The Christian zealots from the world over saw the broken, shell-shocked people of this wonderful nation, and came pouring in in the thousands, turning the place into this strange brew of extreme cults and warring ideologies.

      If you want to hear about Christian hate, look up the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army). That's what Christian hate looks like.

      And now those nice folks have moved over to the Congo, where they are practicing the same "evangelical" form they tried in Uganda.

      July 11, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Irish Bob

      @Brian...Does your White Guilt really make you that stupid?

      July 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kisakye

    This is a damn shame. We are the pearl of Africa. When will the world unite and focus on peace?

    July 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ellez

      THAT WILL happen when enough people awaken to a certain level of consciousness and enough disasters occur in order to awaken people to the times in which we are living...things have to get much worse before they get better, and yes things can and will get much worse.....

      July 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Camper

      When the power of Love overcomes the love of Power, then we will have Peace. So said Jimi Hendrix, & it's just as true today as when he said it 40 years ago.

      July 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Victor

    Apparently we are not the pearl of Africa if this is what is allowed to go on. There is something wrong with a society that does not push their governing body to solve the problems of their region.

    July 11, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. iCon

    Quit pointing fingers and arguing aimlessly. It's a tragedy.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those killed. Strength to those that survived.

    July 11, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Curt

    Killing innocent people will only single your regime out and give us a reason to crush you to dust. It makes you think they don't understand the good people that they are enraging and giving a reason to squash there regime for the rest of there lives. Not to mention the family members of those attacked, why attack innocent people like yourself? It is pure evil, evil that god will have fun dealing with.

    July 11, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Gatutura

    Three weeks ago some crooks detonated hand grenades at a Christian rally in Nairobi's Uhuru (Freedom) Park. Today some (other) crooks decided to bomb innocent people enjoying the world cup final match! This is both absurd and insane! God help Africa.

    July 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ade

    I am dead sure its a lesson by the satanic Iranian Ahmadenajad to 'teach' Uganda a lesson for not giving him the support it asked for at the UN security council against the sanction led by us. Nigeria should be on her toes watching out for evil from the same evil 'I'm a dinner Jacket'!

    July 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saied

      Thats because your heart is dead and your eyes are closed, and your ears are slammed shut, and your heart is probably sealed. I guess thats your story, but not mine.

      July 11, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. daCRITIQUE

    all religions are evil, religion will end all life.

    July 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ernest

    Condolences to the families of the victims. I hope one day the world shall rekindle the spirit of love and respect for life across all races, religions and ethnic and geographical boundaries.

    July 11, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    Uganda be kidding me...

    July 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RichinBoston

    What...Muslims killing civilians in a homicide bombing...this IS news! Anyway we can blame the JEWS for this one that way its a much BIGGER story? We could say maybe the ref was a JEW? Would that work?

    July 11, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RichinBoston

    And to those IDIOTS condeming ALL religions...SHUT UP! Its not ALL religions running around bombing innocents...SHUT UP! Idiots.

    July 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
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