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Monday, July 12, 2010

Kampala bombing update

US President Barack Obama has called the deadly explosions that ripped through a rugby club and a restaurant in the Ugandan capital Kampala "deplorable and cowardly," a spokesman said.

"The president is deeply saddened by the loss of life resulting from these deplorable and cowardly attacks, and sends his condolences to the people of Uganda and the loved ones of those who have been killed or injured," National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer said in a statement.  "The United States is ready to provide any assistance requested by the Ugandan government."

A senior administration official said the United States was in contact with its embassy in Kampala and was in touch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding requests for assistance from Uganda's government.

At least 64 people were killed in the explosions as crowds watched the World Cup football final, police said.

One American national was among those killed, a US embassy spokeswoman in Kampala told reporters.

Meanwhile, Police have confirmed that 10 Eritreans and one American are among those killed in the simultaneous bomb blasts that went off in Kampala last night. Six Americans believed to be from a Church group Pennsylvania are also injured.

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