KAMPALA, Uganda (eTN) – Security operatives arrested several suspects and conspirators thought to be responsible for or connected to the bombings in Kampala while the World Cup Final was going on last Sunday, and in the process secured vital evidence including at least one suicide vest ready for use and also other explosives and material.
The arrests were made in a Kampala suburb, and while showing some of the recovered evidence to the media, police were tight-lipped over the identity or suspected nationalities of those arrested, although one source described them as “from African countries, not speaking English.”
It was also ascertained that forensic and counter terrorism experts from American and British agencies are now in country supporting the Ugandan investigating team, in particular in sifting through evidence gathered at the sites and carry out forensic tests using the latest technology and to also once more go over the blast sites in the hopes of discovering more clues.
Sadly, the death toll continued to rise and is now standing at 76, as two more of the seriously-wounded persons succumbed to their injuries. It was also confirmed that a Sri Lankan national, working in Uganda, was among the victims. Meanwhile, voices have emerged partly blaming lax venue security at the Kyadondo Rugby Ground, where several thousand people had gathered and crammed into the venue on that night to watch the broadcast of the World Cup final.
At other usually-crowded places in the city, and most notably the city’s hotels, security measures, including front gate body checks, have been stepped up, although the leading hotels had maintained this level of vigilance throughout, checking cars on entry and searching patrons when approaching the main lobbies, using handbag scanners and walk-through devices to ascertain the absence of suspicious objects. Shopping centers have also stepped up security at entry points, while citywide pre-summit security for the upcoming African Union meeting has already been deployed on a large scale.
Condolences from world leaders have been flowing into Uganda, offering sympathy and logistical and material help for the investigation, while individual expressions of sorrow have also reached this correspondent from readers of eTN around the world. All those messages are gratefully accepted. A national memorial service is planned for later in the week, as many of the victims have been individually buried already by their grieving families and friends.