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Two Plead Guilty in Uganda Bomb Attacks

Police inspect destroyed restaurant in Kampala after twin bomb blasts in 2010 (file photo).

Two Ugandans have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from twin explosions that killed 76 people in the capital, Kampala, in July of 2010.

During Monday's hearing at Uganda's High Court, Edris Nsubuga pleaded guilty to three counts of terrorism and Muhamoud Mugisha admitted to one charge of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism.

The pair, among 14 suspects before the court, face dozens of charges related to the bomb attacks, including murder and terrorism. Twelve among them charged with murder denied the accusation. Two others face lesser charges.

The Somali insurgent group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings, which targeted a group of people who had gathered to watch the 2010 World Cup final.

The group said the attack was revenge for Uganda's role in the African Union peacekeeping force that is helping the Somali government battle al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab is trying to seize power in Somalia and turn the country into an Islamic state. The Kampala bombings marked the first time the group carried out a major terror attack outside Somalia.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.