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President Obama Condems the Terrorist Attacks in Uganda, Video

July 16, 2010

Dushanbe, Tajikistan:  President Obama and other officials strongly condemned terror attacks in Uganda July 11 that targeted spectators who had gathered in Kampala at a restaurant and a rugby sports center to watch the final game of the World Cup, hosted by South Africa.

According to press reports, the three bombs killed at least 74 people. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said July 12 that the United States has no reason to doubt the Somali terror group al-Shabaab’s claim of responsibility for the attacks.

In March 2008, the State Department designated al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based extremist group with known ties to al-Qaida, as a foreign terrorist organization. Crowley said the group had threatened Uganda because of its participation in the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

In the interview for SABC President Obama said, "it was so tragic and ironic to see an explosion like this take place, when people in Africa were watching and celebrating the World Cup taking place in South Africa".

To see the interview of Obama for SABC, please click on the following link with Russian subtitles: