Exactly 3 years ago, the Somali-based al-Shabaab militants, who have close links with the world's leading terror group, Al Qaeda, attacked Uganda, killing 76 people who were watching the final of the FIFA World Cup.
The bombs went off almost simultaneously at the Kyaddondo Rugby Grounds at Lugogo and the Ethiopian Village in Kabalagala, Kampala. al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bombings.
The Somali-based al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the explosions, saying it was avenging the presence of Ugandan peace-keepers in the war-torn Horn of African country.
Seventeen suspects, the majority being foreigners, are still on trial over the tragedy. The suspects face three counts of terrorism, 76 counts of murder and 10 of attempted murder.
The East African Court of Appeal Justice ruled that seven of the 14 suspects are legally detained in Uganda.
The suspects had asked the region's Court of the First Instance Division to release them on the ground that their extradition to Uganda did not follow due process of extradition - 'having been abducted, forcibly removed from Kenya and handed over to Uganda where they are illegally detained'.
Hardly 24 hours after the 3 bomb blasts that killed about 76 in Kampala, police detonated another bomb at Makindye House.
The Government announced 7 days of mourning following the July 11th, bomb blasts that claimed 76 lives including 14 Foreigners. Flags flew at half mask for a week.
A survivor was presumed dead and dumped in a mortuary and was discovered after spending 2 days among the dead. Junior Ssemujju, a carpenter and stage organizer with Silk Events sustained a cracked skull and was put under intensive care after he was discovered alive in the mortuary. He is alive today.
July 11 terror suspects
- Hussein Hassan
- Agad alias Hussein Agade
- Mohammed Adan Abdow
- Idris Magondu alias Christopher Magondu
- Mohammad Hamid Suleiman
- Yahya Suleiman Mbuthia
- Habib Suleiman Njoroge
- Omar Awadh Omar
- Ismail Abubaker
- Al Amin Kimathi
- Khalifa Mohammad Abdu
- Dr. Ismail Kalule
- Abubakari Batemayo
- Hijar Suleiman Nyamandondo
- Mohammed AliMohammed
The Ugandan suspects are
- Isa Ahammed Luyima
- Edris Nsubuga
- Hassan Haruna Luyima
- Abubakari Batemyetto,
- Muhamoud Mugisha
- Muzafar Luyima.
Bomb blasts in Uganda since 1997
1. August 1, 1997: Nateete attack injures 2.
2. August 1, 1997: A girl injured in Nakulabye.
3. August 10, 1997: Kawempe woman killed in a bomb blast.
4. September 9, 1997: A child is killed in Kawempe.
5. October 30, 1997: Two injured in a Kafumbe Mukasa road explosion.
6. January 1, 1998: Five die at Kikubamutwe blast in Kibuli.
7. April 1, 1998: Woman killed at Speke Hotel and another blast at Uganda House injures 10, among them 3 Burundians and a swede.
8. August 8, 1998: A world cup viewer at Issabella pub in Makindye is killed in a blast.
9. October 23, 1998: A suspected terrorist in Najankumbi as he assembled a bomb.
10. November 2, 1998: Former state Minister and MP for Palisa County; Muhammed Mayanja is injured in a blast.
11. February 15, 1999: 4 people Killed on Valentine in Kabalagala.
12. April 15, 1999: Three die in a blast behind Nakivubo stadium on Kafumbe Mukasa road.
13. January 29, 2001: Three bomb blasts wound six in Kampala.
14. March 16, 2001: Two die from two bomb blasts along Kampala road and Mitala Maria on Masaka road.
15. March 17, 2001: Pedestrians killed by a bomb blast along Kafumbe Mukasa road. Among them was a woman.
16. March 29, 2001: Police detonate a bomb found at Owino Market.
17. June 5, 2001: Fifteen people injured by blasts in two taxis at Maganjo and the new taxi park.
18. July 8, 2001: Three bombs explode in Jinja, injuring six people.
19. July 11, 2010: Three bomb blasts that went off at the Ethiopian Village and Kyadondo rugby grounds kill 76 and wounds over 50.