Report: 20 suspects held over Uganda bombings
About 20 people have been arrested following bomb blasts during the World Cup final that left 76 dead and 80 injured, a government-owned newspaper reported Saturday, reported DPA.
Somali nationals, Pakistanis and Ethiopians were among those detained, The New Vision newspaper quoted the police chief, General Kale Kaihura, as saying.
The twin bombings targeted football fans watching the July 11 World Cup final in two suburbs of the Ugandan capital Kampala.
Responsibility for the blasts was claimed by Al-Shabaab militants fighting the government in Somalia where Uganda has thousands of troops.
Those arrested include four Ethiopians, two Ugandans, Somalis and "several Pakistani sheikhs," the newspaper quoted the police chief as saying.
President Yoweri Museveni said Wednesday that he will fight the insurgents and pledged to increase the number of peace-keeping troops in Somalia from the current level of 6,000 to 8000.
Uganda and Burundi, acting under the umbrella of the African Union, sent soldiers to protect the weak Somali government besieged by Islamic insurgents.
The insurgents have vowed to hit further targets both in Uganda and Burundi unless the two countries withdraw their forces from Somalia.