U.S. President Condemns Bombings in Uganda – BBC: Ugandan ‘suicide bombers’ images released
United States President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the July 11th bombing attack in Kampala, Uganda. Speaking about the attacks, which targeted spectators gathered to watch the FIFA World Cup final and killed 76 people, he termed them an “atrocity” and a “horrific crime.”
Somalia-based terrorist outfit Al Shabaab, which has been affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the past, claimed responsibility for the attacks, supposedly in retaliation for Uganda’s participation in the African Union peacekeeping effort in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
President Obama noted the tragedy of the timing of the attack, coming as it did on the day of the finals of the first FIFA World Cup held in the African continent. “It was so tragic and ironic to see an explosion like this take place when people in Africa were celebrating and watching the World Cup take place in South Africa. On the one hand, you have a vision of an Africa on the move, an Africa that is unified, an Africa that is modernizing and creating opportunities; and on the other hand, you’ve got a vision of al Qaeda and Al Shabaab that is about destruction and death.”
The President emphasized that “we need to make sure that we are doing everything we can to support those who want to build, as opposed to want to destroy,” according to Mr Obama.
President Obama regretted the lack of respect for African life: “What you’ve seen in some of the statements that have been made by these terrorist organizations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself. They see it as a potential place where you can carry out ideological battles that kill innocents without regard to long-term consequences for their short-term tactical gains.”
In response to this deadly attack, President Obama vowed that the U.S. government would “redouble our efforts, working with Uganda, working with the African Union, to make sure that organizations like this are not able to kill Africans with impunity.”