Police arrests Somalis in Busia, warns of terror attacks

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Uganda Counter terrorism police personnel in a training exercise

The Uganda Police Force has called upon the public to be mindful of their surroundings and to watch out for any suspicious elements who may try to disguise in order to cause terror in the country.

Unclaimed items in busy places such as markets, churches and hospitals should be reported, said Asan Kasingye, the police spokesman, while addressing press at Naguru police headquarters on Monday.

He said hotel and event managers as well as organisers of any public function are encouraged to work closely with the police to ensure that their functions and venues are secured.

This caution comes at a time when there are terror attacks happening in many countries in the world such as at Manchester Arena two weeks ago where 22 young people lost their lives.

The London attack which occurred on Saturday 3rd June 2017.

It also comes on the heels of an incident in which Aways Musa, a Somali national, holder of PPT no. 00576979 and Faraus Muhammad (15 years) were intercepted at Busia border on 26th May 2017.

They were found in possession of four (04) passports in other names.

The two are now being investigated by the police to establish their intentions, according to Kasingye.

Police stiffened security at Busia-Malaba border on the same day after securing an al-Shabaab video carrying a threat to attack Uganda.

Ezra Tugume, the new Busia District Police Commander, said sniffer dogs were deployed to check travellers entering into the country and deployed other security agents to cover porous spots.

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.