26 October 2012

Uganda: Police Issue Idd Adhuha Terror Alert

Photo: New Vision/File
Police at a scene of bomb scare in Kampala

The Police have issued a terror alert ahead of today's Idd Adhuha celebrations. Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi on Thursday urged the public to be vigilant.

He warned against the tendency by the public to be lax during such festivities, saying any loophole can easily be exploited by terrorists.

"As we celebrate, we should not forget that there are groups that are ready to cause mayhem. People need to be conscious of this so that the day is not marred by tragedy," Ssenkumbi said.

He, however, said the Police was on high alert to avert any possible attacks.

"We shall deploy all over the city and we expect the organisers of the celebrations and prayers to secure the venues. We shall thoroughly check people accessing mosques and celebration venues." Ssenkumbi said.

The Police said they will also clamp down on reckless driving in a bid to curb accidents that have rocked celebrations in recent years.

He urged the masses to inform the Police immediately if they see any suspicious-looking items like bags, cars, boxes and unexpected gifts.

In July 2011, the Somali militant group, al-Shabaab, masterminded a double terror attack in Kampala killing over 70 people.

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