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DATE=2/15/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-245547 TITLE=UGANDA BOMBINGS (L/S VER) CQ BYLINE=ELAINE ELIAH DATELINE=KAMPALA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: FOUR PEOPLE ARE REPORTED DEAD AND OVER 30 OTHERS INJURED AFTER TWO BOMBS EXPLODED AT POPULAR NIGHTSPOTS NEAR THE UGANDAN CAPITAL OF KAMPALA LATE SUNDAY. REPORTER ELAINE ELIAH SAYS THIS IS THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF BOMBINGS WHICH HAVE PLAGUED THE NATION FOR NEARLY A YEAR. TEXT: INITIAL POLICE REPORTS SAY THE DEVICES THAT EXPLODED IN TWO SUBURBAN BARS WERE HOMEMADE PIPE BOMBS. THE POLICE SAY THEY WERE CARRIED INTO THE CROWDED NIGHTSPOTS HIDDEN INSIDE BAGS. SECURITY OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE BOMBS WERE PLANTED BY AN URBAN BAND OF A REBEL GROUP CALLED THE ALLIED DEMOCRATIC FORCES, OR A-D-F, WHO REPORTEDLY USE BASES IN EASTERN CONGO-KINSHASA TO LAUNCH THEIR ATTACKS OVER UGANDA'S WESTERN BORDER. THE A-D-F WAS IMPLICATED LAST YEAR WHEN 40 SUSPECTS, MOSTLY MOSLEM, WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOLLOWING ANOTHER SERIES OF BOMBINGS IN UGANDA. THE SUSPECTS HAVE SINCE BEEN CHARGED WITH TREASON. SECURITY OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE A-D-F PLACED SUNDAY'S BOMBS TO LET THE GOVERNMENT KNOW THEY WERE STILL ACTIVE. // REST OPT // LAST APRIL MARKED THE FIRST INCIDENTS IN UGANDA WHERE TIMED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES WERE USED IN TERRORIST ATTACKS. THE TWO APRIL EXPLOSIONS ALSO TARGETED POPULAR NIGHTSPOTS, AS DID A PAIR OF BOMBS LAST JULY THAT EXPLODED THE NIGHT KAMPALA SPORTS FANS HAD ASSEMBLED TO WATCH THE FINAL MATCH OF THE WORLD CUP. AUGUST SAW AN ADDITIONAL THREE BOMBS PUT ON BUSES DEPARTING THE CAPITAL FOR CITIES AROUND UGANDA. SUNDAY'S EXPLOSIONS OCCURRED AS RESIDENTS GATHERED TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY WITH LOVED ONES, SO THE POPULAR BLOCK OF RESTAURANTS AND BARS WAS EVEN MORE CROWDED THAN USUAL. (SIGNED) NEB/EE/PCF/RAE 15-Feb-99 9:14 AM EST (1414 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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