Suspect arrested in Uganda bombings

Associated Press / July 17, 2010

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NAIROBI — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the Uganda bomb attacks that killed 76 people watching the World Cup final on television, an official said yesterday.

The suspect was arrested at a police checkpoint Wednesday near the Kenya-Somalia border, Northeastern Provincial Commissioner James ole Seriani said.

The man said he supported Somalia’s Al Qaeda linked group, al-Shabab, despite his claim to be a member of the Ugandan army, according to investigators.

In a separate development, police in the Kenyan capital have arrested more than 100 foreigners in an operation aimed at clearing the city of illegal immigrants, said Nairobi police chief Anthony Kibuchi.

Kenya, which has the most advanced economy in East Africa, is fearful that foreigners in the country illegally may compromise its security, a fear heightened by the bombings.

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