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Somali Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab, claimed responsibility today for three bombings in Uganda. At least 74 individuals have been killed in the bombings and hundreds injured. Injuries include blindness, broken bones, hearing problems and temporary flesh wounds. More info on the flipside

Three bombs went off on Sunday in Uganda where people were watching the World Cup.

The blasts hit in the capital, Kampala, within 50 minutes of each other. The first one struck an Ethiopian restaurant in a neighborhood dotted with bars and popular among expatriates; two others exploded at the rugby center.

The Ugandan government official confirmed there were three bombs. The second one at the rugby club was the most severe, said the official, who was not authorized to speak to the media because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The reason behind the bombings were described on a website that was set up “to “receive congratulations” on Al-Shabaab’s behalf for the “blessed operations” in Uganda. ”

An Al-Shabaab leader said:

My message to the Ugandan and Burundian nations is that you will be the target for our retribution to the massacres perpetrated against the Somali men, women and children in Mogadishu by your forces,” said an Arabic statement from Sheikh Abu Al Zubeir, identified as “the Emir of Al-Shabaab in Somalia.” The statement was posted on an al Qaeda-affiliated website which previously has carried statements and videos from Al-Shabaab.

SMH. This is horrible. When are problems going to be solved without killing innocent people?

We will pray for the victims in Uganda and those that lost any of their loved ones.

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