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12 July 2010 - Media release

Deadly attacks on football fans in Uganda condemned by INTERPOL

World police body deploying support team at request of Ugandan police chief

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has condemned Sunday’s attacks in Kampala on football fans gathered to watch the World Cup final as ‘despicable and cowardly’ and promised the world police body’s full support to the Ugandan authorities’ investigation.

At the request of the head of Ugandan Police, Major General Kale Kayihura, INTERPOL is to deploy an Incident Response Team (IRT) to Uganda to provide on-site support for the investigation into the blasts at a rugby club and a restaurant in the capital which left more than 70 dead and at least 70 more injured.

“This attack on innocent victims who had simply gone out to enjoy the World Cup final must be condemned in the strongest possible terms and those behind it can only be regarded as cowardly,” said Secretary General Noble.

“INTERPOL will provide full support as requested by Major General Kayihura in assisting the investigation to identify and ultimately bring those behind this murderous attack to justice,” said the INTERPOL chief.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of those killed and injured in these despicable attacks,” said Mr Noble.

Immediately following the attacks, INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Co-ordination Centre at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon was in contact with the National Central Bureau (NCB) in Kampala.

In addition to deploying a team to Kampala, INTERPOL will also assist in ensuring that all messages from any of its 188 member countries relating to the attacks are treated as a priority.