Plotters jailed over World Cup bombing

 

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Two men have been jailed after pleading guilty to involvement in twin suicide bombings in Uganda last year.



Seventy-six people were killed when bombers targeted crowds in the capital, Kampala, as they watched the World Cup Final.

Edris Nsubuga, a Ugandan, faced a possible death penalty after he admitted detonating one of the devices with his mobile phone. Judge Owiny Dollo sentenced him to 25 years in jail on terrorism charges.

Muhamoud Mugisha, a Rwandan, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit terrorism and was sentenced to five years in jail. Five other suspects had their charges dismissed when the trial began and the other 12 suspects pleaded not guilty. Their trial continues.

Al-Shabab, a Somali insurgent group, said the bombings, which took place in July 2010, were in retaliation for Uganda's participation in the African Union's peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

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