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Uganda engaged in Somalia, hit by a double bloody attack

ExplosionKampalacMonitor.jpg(BRUSSELS2 update) 76 dead in Kampala, at the latest report, and around sixty injured, some of them serious and still hospitalized. The Ugandan capital was shaken on Sunday evening by two series of explosions which struck two bars, overcrowded at the time, where the football World Cup final was taking place. Attacks designed to kill as many people as possible, and preferably foreigners. One targeted the Ethiopian Bar in the Kabalagala district at around 22 p.m. The other targeted, an hour later, the Kyadondo Rugby Club, where several hundred spectators were gathered outside in front of the screens. A double explosion was heard. This is where the victims would have been the most numerous. An American national is believed to be among the victims.

All eyes are naturally turning towards the Islamist networks, the Shebabs in particular. These Islamist forces present in Somalia have repeatedly threatened the Ugandan government, most recently during IGAD's decision to strengthen AMISOM (1). We can also point out that the UPDF (Ugandan forces) has carried out in recent days a vast offensive against the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) in northern Uganda, by bringing a force into the Central African Republic. force of several thousand soldiers.

Uganda is strongly committed to the attempt by the African Union (and the international community) to restore a semblance of existence to Somalia (a failed state by definition). It thus provides (with Burundi) the troops of AMISOM (the stabilization force in Somalia), and has trained several hundred members of the Somali security forces. It is currently still hosting, in Bihanga, a full contingent of Somali soldiers, trained by Europeans (EUTM Somalia (2)). Reinforced security measures should soon be taken at both the European HQ in Kampala and the Bihanga training camp. The latter, located several hours' drive from Kampala, therefore has the advantage of being out of the way. Placed on a small height, it physically reduces the chances of attackers and allows better surveillance.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

(1) African States decide to strengthen AMISOM

(2) EUTM Somalia starts (6). Interview with General Wamala (UPDF)

(photo credit: New vision)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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