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Uganda Receives `Credible Information’ on Terror Attacks Before Election

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Posted February 7, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 1,452 views

     


By Fred Ojambo and Sarah McGregor | Ugandan police received “credible information” that “terrorists” are preparing to carry out attacks before national elections this month, said Major General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police.

Kayihura didn’t specify which group may be planning attacks in an e-mailed statement on Feb. 5. Uganda was hit by twin bombings claimed by the Somali Islamic group al-Shabaab in the capital, Kampala, on July 11 that left 76 people dead and injured dozens of others as they were watching a televised broadcast of the soccer World Cup.

The attack marked the start of a campaign of retaliation against Uganda and Burundi, which have contributed troops to the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia, known as Amisom, al-Shabaab leader Sheikh Mukhtar Abdirahman Abu-Zubeyr said on July 14. Uganda has promised to send Amisom more reinforcements.

“I call upon members of the public not to panic because that is what the terrorists want,” Kayihura said. “I am very confident that we shall defeat the evil plans of the terrorists.”

Al-Shabaab, which has pledged loyalty to al-Qaeda, has been trying to oust Somalia’s Western-backed government since 2007. The militia, along with the rebel Hisb-ul-Islam group, controls most of southern and central Horn of African nation, while the government holds only parts of Mogadishu, the capital.

President Yoweri Museveni is seeking to win a fourth term in the Feb. 18 election. His main challenger is expected to be former ally Kizza Besigye.

To contact the reporters on this story: Fred Ojambo in Kampala at fojambo@bloomberg.net; Sarah McGregor in Nairobi at smcgregor5@bloomberg.net.


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