Uganda suicide plot meant to kill more Americans

Published August 12, 2010

KAMPALA, Uganda – One of four men who confessed to helping plan deadly twin bombings in Uganda says he wanted to kill Americans to avenge Muslim deaths while another said he changed his mind at the last minute.

Isah Ahmed Luyima told journalists Thursday he targeted people gathered to watch the televised World Cup final in hopes of killing Americans. One American died in the July 11 blasts but most of the 76 victims were Ugandan.

Luyima says he recruited his friend and brother. A fourth suspect claimed to be an al-Qaida member. All four are in police custody.

His brother Haruna Luyima said he abandoned his attack on a third site because he "wondered why so many people watching football on television should be killed over nothing." He spoke at a news conference organized by Ugandan officials.

Written by Associated Press

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