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Three suspected militants have been charged by a Ugandan court with murder, attempted murder, and terrorism in connection with a series of suicide bombings that killed 79 people in the country's capital earlier this month.
The three suspects arraigned on Friday were all Kenyan citizens. They were each charged with 79 counts of murder, three counts of terrorism, and 10 counts of attempted murder. The verdict was handed down by the Nakawa Chief Magistrate Court.
The prosecution alleges that the trio killed 61 people at the Kyandodo Rugby Club, located east of the capital, Kampala, and 18 more at the Ethiopian Village restaurant, located south of the city, on July 11th.
The prosecution also says that, on the same day, the trio carried out three terrorist actions at the Kyandodo Ethiopian restaurant, and a discotheque in Makindye, a town to the south of Kampala.
The suspects were not allowed to enter pleas after the Chief Magistrate read the charges, and remanded them to a maximum security prison until their next hearing, scheduled for August 27th.
Ugandan police also publicized reconstructed photos of two suspected suicide bombers, one of whom appears to be of Somali descent, in hopes of gathering more information from the public.
Twin bombing assaults in Uganda killed 79 people on July 11th, when sports fans gathered at a bar to watch the World Cup final.
Somali al Shabaab insurgents linked to al Qaeda have claimed the responsibility for the attacks.
Members of the network have attacked Uganda and Burundi in retaliation for their deployment of peacekeeping troops to Somalia, under the direction of the African Union.