6 Years On, We Remember What Happened On 7/11/2010!
By: Ruth Adong
The July 2010 Kampala attacks were suicide bombings carried out against crowds watching a screening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final match at two locations in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, on July 11, 2010. Co-ordinated bombs went off minutes apart that evening at Kyadondo Rugby Club and at the Ethiopian Village restaurant in Muyenga. The match was between Spain and the Netherlands. Hundreds of others were also injured.
The attacks left 76 dead and 70 injured. Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militia based in Somalia that has ties to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the blasts.
The attacks in Kampala were seen as revenge against the Uganda People's Defense Forces' occupation in Somalia.
What has been done since then
On May 27, 2016, the Uganda High Court sentenced eight people convicted of participating in the 2010 twin bombings that killed 76 people in the heart of Kampala.
Justice Alphonse Owinyi-Dollo sentenced Ahamed Luyima, Hussein Hassan Agad (alias Hussein Agade), Idris Magondu (alias Christopher Magondu), Habib Suleiman Njoroge and Muhammed Ali Muhamed to life in prison.
Hassan Luyima, a Ugandan, and Suleiman Hajjir Nyamandondo a Kenyan, were each sentenced to 50 years in prison.
They were all convicted on charges of terrorism, murder and attempted murder.
Earlier, the judge ordered Muzafaru Luyima, 45, a Ugandan, to serve one year of community service. He was an accessory after the fact following the terror attacks.
Five people were acquitted in the trial. They were put into protective custody to protect them from possible attacks by the public. Although in surprise twist of events they were re-arrested and re-charged with conspiracy to commit treason.
Most of the dead in the Kampala bombings were Ugandans. Other fatalities included an Indian, an Irishman, a Kenyan, a U.S. citizen, Eritreans and Ethiopians.