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Ugandan officials have recovered what they've described as an explosives-laden belt or a vest in a trash can at a nightclub in a suburb of Kampala, the chief of police said Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, the chief of police, said the device -- found Monday -- was impregnated with ball bearings and was similar to those found at two sites where blasts killed at least 74 people over the weekend. The device was found along with a detonator and what looked like a laptop bag, Kayihura said. When a journalist asked him whether this meant there was a third attack planned, he said, "It's possible there was." The police chief said that his office was working with international agencies -- but would not specify which ones. He also would not say how many people have been arrested in connection with the attacks and what their nationalities were. Earlier, Fred Opolot, executive director of the Uganda Media Center, said authorities had arrested several people but they have not yet been charged in connection with the attacks. "We are trying to find the culprits of this atrocity," he said. "I can't say I'm not worried, but it's not a question of worry," Kayihura said Tuesday. He said Uganda is no stranger to bombings -- "for decades, we have been fighting." The blasts went off Sunday at two venues -- a restaurant and a rugby field -- where crowds had gathered to watch the World Cup soccer finals. A Somali Islamist militant movement on Monday claimed responsibility for the trio of bombings. A Somali Islamist militant movement on Monday claimed responsibility for the trio of bombings. "And the best of men have promised and they have delivered," said an Arabic statement issued by Al-Shabaab's press office and obtained by CNN. "Blessed and exalted among men -- (taking) full responsibility. ...We wage war against the 6,000 collaborators; they have received their response."