32 year old Muhamoud Mugish who was arrested in connection with the July 2010 twin bombings in Kampala has testified in Court and confirmed that Al-Shabaab’s initial target was the American Embassy in Kampala.
According to the state witness who was jailed for being a conspirator in the July 11, 2010 Kampala twin bombings, the explosions that went off were a retaliation after the Islamic group failed to hit their main target.
Muhamoud Mugish who has served a five-year jail sentence for the twin bombings testified on Thursday as a state witness at the High Court in Kampala, in a trial presided over by Justice Alfonse Owiny- Dollo. During the trial, the man confessed to have been instructed by an Al-Shabaab commander to bomb the American Embassy.
Mugisha had been instructed to take photographs of the embassy which was however not possible.
The Islamist had targeted to bomb the embassy as a revenge for the attacks by the West. Since he did not accomplish his first mission, the militia group resorted to attack Capital Pub in Kabalagala which was an entertainment spot for foreigners, especially Americans.
Using his mobile phone, he managed to take several picture of the pub and later the group attacked Uganda.
The attack saw 76 people die at Kyadondo Rugby Club and the Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kampala with scores injured.
A third bomb that had been planted at the Makindye House on the same day, was defused by the police before it exploded.