Somali militants claim responsibility for Uganda bombings

http://news-updations.blogspot.comA Somali Islamist militant movement on Monday claimed with responsibility for a trio of bombings that killed at least 74 people Sunday at two venues in the Ugandan capital where crowds had gathered to watch the World Cup final.

"And the best of men have promised and they have to be delivered," said an Arabic statement issued by Al-Shabaab's press office and obtained by CNN. "Blessed and exalted among men (taking) with full responsibility. ...We wage war against the 6,000 collaborators; they have received their response."

The 6,000 is an apparent reference to the African Union peacekeepers in Somalia. Uganda contributes troops to the peacekeeping effort.

"We are behind the attack because we are at the war with them," Al-Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamoud Rage told reporters at a news conference in Mogadishu, Somalia.

"We had given warning to the Ugandans to refrain from their involvement in our country. We spoke to the leaders and then we spoke to the people and they never listened to us."

Rage said young suicide bombers carried out the attacks but did not specify their nationalities. "May Allah accept these martyrs who have carried out the blessed operation and exploded themselves in the middle of the infidels," he said.

However, Police Chief Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura told that reporters arrests have been made in connection with the bombings. He would not say how many people have been arrested or provide details.

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