Missionaries, U.S. Citizen Victims in Uganda Attacks

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A terrorist group linked to al Qaeda is claiming responsibility for two explosions that killed at least 74 people in Uganda as they watched the World Cup finale.

One American died and several members of a Pennsylvania church group were also injured in the blast.

"It was an explosion," said a rescue services member. "We just saw it and that's all we know. We are not sure. We can't make a comment. But all we know is it was an explosion."

The two simultaneous blasts occurred at a rugby club -- where Ugandans were watching the final game between Spain and the Netherlands -- and at an Ethiopian restaurant.

Authorities in Kampala say Somalia's most feared militant group, al-Shabab, could be responsible.

Nate Henn was the 25-year-old American killed in the attacks. He worked for a California-based children's charity.

Other Americans were wounded, including several young missionaries from Christ Community Church in Selinsgrove, Penn.

Pastor Kathleen Kind spoke with CBN News about the need for prayer.

"The church has rallied together to offer prayers for all of the persons who are involved in this," she said. "Certainly this is a very difficult situation for the families and so we are praying for them.

The attacks came just two days after a commander with al-Shabab called for militants to attack sites in Uganda and Burundi. Both countries contribute troops to the African Union peace-keeping force in Somalia.

"The reality is this can happen anywhere and at any time. We know that it's happened around the world at different times and to different people. We know that it's happened in our own country," Kind added. "And as people of faith we're reminded that evil exists and that in the midst of evil, God is still God, and God is still good.

Al-Shabab is known to have links with al Qaeda and simultaneous attacks are one of al Qaeda's trademarks.

President Barack Obama called the attacks "deplorable and cowardly," and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. will work with Uganda to bring the attackers to justice

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