| 11.7°C Dublin

Double bombing kills 64 watching cup final in bars

Simultaneous bombings ripped through crowds watching the World Cup final in Uganda's capital, killing 64 people.

One American was killed and several were wounded.

The deadliest attack occurred at a rugby club in Kampala last night as people watched the game between Spain and Holland on a large-screen TV outdoors.


The second blast took place at an Ethiopian restaurant, where at least three Americans were wounded.

Kampala's police chief said he believed Somalia's most feared militant group, al-Shabab, could be responsible for the attack.

Al-Shabab is known to have links with al-Qa'ida, and counts militant veterans from the Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan conflicts among its ranks. Body parts found at the rugby club suggested a suicide bomber may have been to blame, a reporter at the scene said.

At least three Americans -- part of a church group from Pennsylvania -- were injured at the restaurant. One was Kris Sledge (18).

"I remember blacking out, hearing people screaming and running," Mr Sledge said from the hospital, where his right leg was bandaged and he had burns on his face.

"I'm wondering why this happened and who did this. We're just glad to be alive."