Seventy-Four World Cup Viewers Killed in Uganda Bombings


A Somali militant group linked to Al-Qaida claimed responsibility Monday for the Uganda bombings that killed 74 people watching the World Cup final on television, reports.

The group, known as al-Shabab, attacked sites in Uganda and Burundi, both nations that contribute troops to a Somali peacekeeping force, the African Union.

The U.S. State Department has declared al-Shabab a terrorist organization, and the bombings mark the first time the group has attacked outside of Somalia.

The blasts hit two targets filled with civilians, one of which was an Ethiopian restaurant.

"We will carry out attacks against our enemy wherever they are," Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage, a militant spokesman, said in the report. "No one will deter us from performing our Islamic duty."

The attacks occurred Sunday during the World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain.

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