Uganda says on alert over Al Shabab attack plot

Posted May 27, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 2,448 views


KAMPALA (AFP) – Ugandan police Friday warned of an increased threat of attacks by Somali Islamists in the country, claiming new intelligence showed that members of the Al-Shebab group may have crossed into Uganda.

“There is information to the effect that some of them are possibly already in country and that more want to infiltrate,” Abas Byakagaba, police counter-terrorism commander, said at a press conference in Kampala.

Byakagaba said that police were on heightened alert and had increased security along Uganda’s borders, at transport hubs and at other strategic locations.

He urged members of the public to be vigilant and said the Islamists could target people gathering for the European Champions League football final on Saturday.

Twin suicide attacks on two Kampala bars killed at least 73 people last July as they watched the football World Cup final.

The Shebab claimed responsibility for those attacks, East Africa’s worst since the 1998 US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

The Shebab said they had targeted Uganda in revenge for deploying troops in the African Union force protecting the Somalia government the insurgents are fighting to topple.

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