Uganda Convicts ‘Mastermind’ of 2010’s World Cup Bombings

A Ugandan court convicted a man it said was the mastermind of an Islamist militant cell that bombed crowds watching televised screenings of the soccer World Cup in the capital in 2010, killing 76 people.

Isa Luyima, a Ugandan national, was found guilty of terrorism and murder for his role in organizing the twin bombings in Kampala, Judge Alfonse Owiny Dollo told a court in the city on Thursday during proceedings broadcast on NTV. Six other men were convicted on the same charges, while one was found guilty of abetting terrorism and five were acquitted.

Dollo will sentence the eight on Thursday, with those convicted of murder potentially facing the death penalty.

Al-Shabaab, an affiliate of al-Qaeda that has been waging an insurgency in Somalia since 2006, claimed responsibility for the July 2010 blasts and said Uganda was a target because it had troops serving in the Africa Union peacekeeping mission in the Horn of Africa country.

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