Thursday, August 12, 2010

Reuters-Ugandan Bombing Suspect Says U.S. Was His Real Target

Bombed Out Kasubi Tombs in Uganda:
(Story reported by Elias Biryabarmea for Reuters News)

(Reuters) - One of the suspected masterminds of last month's bomb attacks on Uganda's capital Kampala said on Thursday his anger at the United States spurred his involvement in the plot, adding that it was intended to kill Americans.

Issa Ahmed Luyima, 33, a former librarian, was one of four Ugandan suspects paraded in front of journalists by the east African nation's Chieftancy of Military Intelligence (CMI) before he made a public confession.

"I was reluctant to pick on Ugandans. My rage was with the Americans whom I deemed responsible for all the suffering of Muslims around the world ... we thought they are the ones who planted the TGF (interim government) in Somalia," Luyima said.

He said he regretted the loss of Ugandan lives when three bombs ripped through a bar at a rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant where soccer fans were watching the World Cup final on July 11.

Somalia's al Shabaab Islamic militants later claimed responsibility, saying the attacks were revenge for Uganda's deployment of peacekeeping troops in Somalia. Ugandan soldiers form the backbone of the 6,300 strong AMISOM force.

Ugandan Police say at least two of the bombs were detonated by suicide bombers while a third was likely triggered by a mobile phone.

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