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Statement by Minister Martin condemning the Kampala bombings

“I am horrified and saddened at the appalling loss of life in last night’s bomb attacks in Kampala which have resulted in the deaths of over 70 people. Uganda is one of Irish Aid’s programme countries in Africa and I have only just returned from a visit there. I know that the mood in Kampala yesterday would have been one of great joy, with celebrations to mark the conclusion of Africa’s first World Cup. The peace of those celebrations has been cruelly shattered by this heinous terrorist attack which I utterly condemn.

On behalf of the Government and people of Ireland, I send heartfelt sympathy to Government and people of Uganda, especially to the bereaved and I offer my best wishes for a swift recovery to the injured. The Irish Embassy in Kampala is offering consular assistance to relatives and friends of those who may have concerns about the welfare of Irish citizens in Uganda.”

Note for editors:

An Irish citizen is believed to be among those killed.  The Department is in contact with the family and would ask the media to respect their privacy while arrangements are being made for a formal identification of the remains.