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Blasts in Uganda Kill at Least Five

February 15, 1999

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) _ Bombs exploded in two separate bars where revelers were celebrating Valentine’s Day, killing at least five people and injuring 30 in the Ugandan capital, hospital officials said today.

The government-owned New Vision newspaper said two separate bombs exploded Sunday in bars in the Kabalagala neighborhood, a popular drinking place for Ugandans and foreigners about two miles south of downtown Kampala, the capital.

Red Valentine’s roses were scattered around the bars after the explosions, New Vision reported.

According to the report, three people were killed instantly and one died later Sunday while undergoing treatment at the hospital. A fifth victim died today at the state-owned Mulago Hospital, where 10 others remained hospitalized, said hospital spokesman Sam Barasa.

Three other hospitals where other victims were taken declined comment and referred inquiries to police.

Police spokesman Eric Naigambi confirmed today that two bombs had gone off, but declined to identify the type of explosives or confirm the number of casualties. Naigambi said the government would issue a statement later.

Last year, bomb attacks on buses in Uganda killed 29 people, and another five were killed in bombings of other Kampala bars.

No group has ever claimed responsibility for the bombings, although blame was laid on the Alliance of Democratic Forces, a rebel group with Muslim connections operating in western Uganda.

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