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Ellicott City teen is among those injured in Uganda bombings

Damaged chairs and tables amongst the debris strewn outside the restaurant "Ethiopian village" in Kampala, Uganda, after the explosion.
Damaged chairs and tables amongst the debris strewn outside the restaurant "Ethiopian village" in Kampala, Uganda, after the explosion. (Marc Hofer - AP)

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By Stephanie Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A teenage girl from Maryland was among those injured Sunday by a pair of terrorist bombings in Uganda that killed at least 74 people watching the World Cup final on television.

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Emily Kerstetter, 16, of Ellicott City was at a restaurant in Kampala with her grandmother's Pennsylvania church group when the bombings occurred. Kerstetter was flown to a hospital in Johannesburg, where she was in stable condition Monday, family friend Nicola Liskovec said.

Kerstetter, a rising junior at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, Md., was on a missionary trip with her grandmother, whose arm was broken, and four others. The extent of Kerstetter's injuries was unclear, but she had an injured leg, Liskovec said.

The teenager's parents flew to South Africa on Monday night, Liskovec said.

Those in the church group had been in Uganda since June 15 and were planning to return to the United States a week ago but decided to extend their stay to work in a hospital, Liskovec said.

On Monday, an al-Qaeda-linked Somali militia claimed responsibility for the back-to-back bombings.


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