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Somali Militant Group Claims Responsibility For Deadly Attacks

Al-Shabab, a Somali militant group with links to al-Qaida, has claimed responsibility for two bombings in Kampala, Uganda, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports. The attacks killed some 74 people.

The suicide bombers ignited their vests in a restaurant and rugby club yesterday, at 10:30 p.m. local time, during the final game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

A spokesman for al-Shabab, which has been fighting the transitional government in Somalia, said the group would attack its enemies wherever they are.

An African Union-led force, including soldiers from Uganda, has been trying to keep the transitional government in power.

Two days ago, an al-Shabab leader called on followers to attack any countries that were part of the peacekeeping operation.

According to Temple-Raston, for U.S. intelligence officials, the latest attack is part of a worrisome trend: until now, the group has only picked targets within Somalia.

Al-Shabab is the same group that recruited some two dozen Somali-Americans to fight in their ranks. Intelligence officials have worried that the young men might come back and attack the U.S.