Uganda World Cup bombings mastermind gets life in prison

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Isa Ahmed Luyima (center) was the mastermind behind the attacks

Ugandan court on Friday sentenced Isa Ahmed Luyimathe, the convicted mastermind of twin bombings in Kampala that killed 76 people in 2010, to life in prison, along with four accomplices.

Isa Ahmed Luyima (center) was the mastermind behind the attacks
Isa Ahmed Luyimathe (center) was the mastermind behind the attacks

Two others received 50-year sentences.

“I do not think that the death penalty would assuage the victims and give closure to the indelible pain that society has suffered,” Judge Alfonse Owiny-Dollo said.

The suicide attacks claimed by Somalia’s Shebaab extremist group targeted football fans watching the World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain at a restaurant and a rugby club in the Ugandan capital.

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