24 November 2012

Kenya/Uganda: Security Beefed Up At Cecafa

With fears of an attack from the Al Shabbab terrorist group still looming, security has been beefed up at the Nelson Mandela stadium in Kampala Uganda, the stage for this year's Cecafa tournament. Thorough screening is carried out at the venue before every match.

Social gatherings in Uganda and Kenya have experienced attacks suspected to be from the Al Shabab. The militant group had several strongholds in Somalia 's key cities before they were driven out by a contingent from the Kenyan and Somali defence forces as well as troops from the African Union (AMISOM) in September of this year. Security checks were doubled during the match pitting Somalia and Burundi on Sunday.

Dixon Okello the head of events security agreed that they had to be more cautious particularly due to the presence of many foreign nationals whose background they were not sure about "We have to be vigilant during an event of such magnitude. We do not want to be caught off-guard by any terrorist threat," he said.

An attack on fans preparing to watch the world cup final between Spain and Holland in July 2010, left 74 people dead in Uganda's capital.

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