al-Shabaab Blamed for Uganda Suicide Bombings

By: Ashton King Email
By: Ashton King Email

Two days after the twin suicide attacks in Uganda's capital, the effects are devastating and heartbreaking.

In the chaotic aftermath of deadly suicide attacks, a search for clues and answers.

American teenager Kris Sledge was in Uganda to do charity work. He escaped with broken bones and terrifying memories.

“All I remember is watching the football game at the Ethiopian restaurant and for some reason I put my head down, and I just remember hearing a big explosion, lots of noise,” said Sledge.

Most foreign nationals have been rushed from the country, the Ugandans injured cared for as best they can.

David McKenzie reports, “The main hospital in Kampala has been inundated with patients from this devastating blast, many of them in severe shock. This ward had a capacity for 25 beds; now there are well over 100.”

Violet Nakabirwa escaped with severe lacerations. She has lost hearing in one ear and is still in shock.

“I was with six other girls, but I am not sure where they are right now,” said Nakabirwa.

Her sister doesn't have the heart to tell her yet that some of her friends are already dead.

“Some ofour friends who are already gone, some have been buried today, others are going to be buried tomorrow, that were her friends, still it is so shocking,” said Sharifa Nsubuga.

Authorities are interviewing survivors for clues, but signs already point to this group – al-Shabaab. They have claimed responsibility for the attacks and this Somali militant group linked to al-Qaida has threatened Uganda for its peacekeeping role in Somalia.

Police in Uganda have recovered this from a bar in Kampala: an abandoned suicide vest, and other evidence pointing to al-Shabaab suggesting these attacks could have been far worse.

No comfort for innocent Ugandans waiting to hear if their loved ones are alive or whether they must take them away to bury.

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