`Rage against US` motivated Kampala bombing `mastermind`
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 21:00
Kampala: The suspected mastermind of the July 11 bomb attacks in Kampala said today he was driven by "rage against the Americans" as Ugandan authorities declared all suspects in the blasts had been arrested.

Issa Ahmed Ruyima said he was a member of Somalia's Islamist insurgent group Shebab, which has claimed responsibility for the double suicide blasts that killed 76 people on the evening of the football World Cup final.

"I joined Al Shebab in 2009," said Ruyima, 33, who stated that he was responsible for sourcing bomb-making material, and added that he had been motivated by his "rage against the Americans".

"I am very sorry for the loss of life that happened because of my actions," he said.

Ruyima was among four suspects, all Ugandans, presented to the media in Kampala at a press conference where the authorities declared that all suspects in East Africa's worst bomb attacks in nearly 12 years had been arrested.

"We promised the public that we would hunt down the perpetrators... We have kept our promise," James Mugira, head of military intelligence, told reporters.

"We have apprehended all those responsible for the planning and execution of these cowardly attacks."

Suicide attackers blew themselves up in two entertainment venues in Kampala which were packed with fans watching the World Cup.


First Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 21:00

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