Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombing of two churches in Uganda on Sunday, according to an email released by the militia group Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.
The two attacks were coordinated, both using twin suicide bombers. The Associated Press reported that officials have not yet confirmed that the bombers were Islamic State members. The AP had previously reported that they were from Somalia.
“Thank God, the world will not endure more martyrdom attacks,” a statement from Islamic State said.
The first explosion took place inside a church in the capital, Kampala, while worshippers were preparing for morning prayer service.
“We did not expect so many casualties as people came running,” one witness, Christine Ndwiga, told the AP. “We saw blood everywhere.”
The second attack occurred outside a church in the town of Bombo, 30 miles east of Kampala. That blast killed 27 people and wounded 80 others, Ugandan police said.
The two attacks left Ugandans shocked and saddened.
“The way this happened, particularly in a religious setting, in such a crowded place, I really feel for the Christians,” Gideon Muheanya, an accountant at Kampala’s central bank, told the AP. “It’s sheer evil.”