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Updated: July 12, 2010 18:11 IST

Catherine Ashton deeply saddened by ‘cowardly’ Kampala bombings

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The European Union's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton. File photo: AP.
The European Union's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton. File photo: AP.

The European Union’s foreign policy director Catherine Ashton said on Monday she was “deeply saddened” by the Kampala bombings, which killed at least 64 people in the Ugandan capital.

“These cowardly attacks against innocent civilians gathered in celebration of international sport show a shocking disregard for human life and basic social values,” Ms. Ashton said through a spokeswoman.

The bombs exploded late Sunday while people were watching the football World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.

“The attacks must not undermine the efforts by Uganda to bring about political stability in the region through its cooperation with the international community,” spokeswoman Angela Filote said.

Uganda is currently serving as the base for an EU mission training Somali soldiers, launched in a bid to shore up the rule of law in civil war—stricken Somalia.

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