The US Embassy has advised us to contact our friends and families to tell them that we are OK!
"U.S citizens in Uganda not directly affected by today's events are strongly encouraged to contact friends and family outside of Uganda to notify them of their well-being."
We are a couple of hours away from the capital where the bombings took place. We know from past experiences to be extra careful and watch for local activities that are spurred on from events such as these. So saying a few extra prayers for us is always helpful, they won't go to waste!
Here is one of the full communications our Embassy has sent us:
On 11 July 2010 at approximately 2310 local time, a bomb exploded at The Ethiopian Village restaurant, which was filled with spectators watching the World Cup finals match. Approximately 10 minutes later, a second explosion occurred at the Rugby Club, also crowded with customers watching the soccer match. Initial reports indicate that at least 13 people were killed at the Ethiopian restaurant. At least 40 were reported by the police as killed at the rugby club site. Many others were reported injured at both locations. At least one American was reported killed in the blasts.
U.S citizens in Uganda not directly affected by today's events are strongly encouraged to contact friends and family outside of Uganda to notify them of their well-being.
Bombs are popular for criminals and terrorists because they are easy to conceal or place. A device does not have to be complex to be effective, and even a small size bomb can cause great damage.
It is critical to remember that a bomb can look like anything. It is limited only by the bomber's imagination. Practice good situational awareness by being aware of suspicious objects or individuals around you and remember the "3-R Rule" to responding to a suspicious device:
The following are other protective measures in response to a suspicious device:
--Do not attempt to move or investigate anything in the vicinity of the device
--Move people away from the immediate area
--Do not move the object
--If you do hear an explosion:
--Move away from windows
--Evacuate to a safe area
--Assist the injured
--Be aware of the potential for secondary devices or explosions
U.S citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.