Security stiffened in Busia over al-Shabaab scare

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Security has stiffened at the Ugandan Busia-Malaba border after police received intelligence that Somali terrorists, al-Shabaab, were planning to hit the country.

Police and other security organs had already deployed on the border to receive pilgrims flocking to Namugongo ahead of Uganda Martyrs’ Day celebrations.

The Officer-in-charge of traffic at the Malaba border was seen receiving Kenyan pilgrims and giving them road safety tips.

Oc traffic Malaba receiving Kenyan pilgrims at Malaba, Uganda border and giving them road safety tips

Ezra Tugume, the new Busia District Police Commander, told NTV that police landed on an al-Shabaab video carrying a threat to attack Uganda.

Police then unleashed sniffer dogs to check travellers entering into the country and deployed other security agents to cover porous spots.

Pilgrims going to Namugongo

“We are here to make sure that whatever enters the country is thoroughly checked and make sure vigilance is maintained for those in the country and those coming,” Tugume told the television.

He said their officers were patrolling areas that could be used for entry into the country.

Video by NTV Uganda

In December 2015, police put the border points at Busia and Malaba in eastern Uganda under tight security when al-Shabaab threatened to strike the country during New Year festivities.

In July 2010, two suicide bombings were carried out against crowds watching a screening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final match at two locations in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, on 11 July 2010.

The attacks left 74 dead and 70 injured. Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militia based in Somalia that has ties to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the blasts as retaliation for Ugandan support for AMISOM.

In March 2015, the trial of 13 Kenyan, Ugandan and Tanzanian alleged perpetrators of the bombings began at the High Court of Uganda.

Al Qaeda was also rumoured to have been involved in Somalia.

The Kampala attack followed American warnings of attacks on Air Uganda planes in 2010.