White House Condemns Uganda Bombings Tied to Al-Qaeda

The White House condemned a pair of deadly bombings in Uganda. A militant group with ties to al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the explosions that ripped through groups of soccer fans watching the World Cup finals on television.

American Thomas Cramer, 14, survived Sunday's deadly bombings in Uganda.

"If I was sitting two seats to the left I would have lost my life,” said Cramer, “because our friend Becky, she is from Uganda, she didn't make it."

He and his mother were there with church group from Pennsylvania. They were inside a restaurant, watching the World Cup finals, when one of the explosions hit.

"I thought I fell asleep and I was dreaming, then I realized like my leg was bleeding and blood was all over the floor from me and other people."

Other members of their group were injured, as well. One American Nate Henn, 25, died in the blasts.

FBI agents based at the US Embassy in neighboring Kenya rushed to the scene just hours after the attack. They'll help Ugandan officials investigate the bombing and, the death of the U-S citizen.

A group called al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the bombings. It's a group the State Department identified as a terrorist organization with ties to al-Qaeda.

This attack marks the first time the al-Shabab group has struck outside its home turf of Somalia. That has American intelligence officials worried. They've been worried that Somalia could become a breeding ground for terrorists.

Al-Shabab's goal is to overthrow the current Somali government and replace it with a fundamentalist Muslim regime. It is known for recruiting fighters from Somali communities inside the United States -- and using militants who fought in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to train them.


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