1 February 2013

Uganda: Five Terrorists Still Missing - Police

The five suspected terrorists who sneaked across the eastern border into Uganda last month (Jan), are still missing, police say. Deputy police spokesperson Vincent Sekate told The Observer that the suspects were on the international wanted list and the international Police (Interpol) has been following them.

"Interpol are doing everything possible with the assistance of other countries to make sure that the terrorists who entered here are arrested," Sekate said.

He added that the hunt was still on for Ali Salah Adan, Nam A. Amur, Abdullah Ahmed, Abderaouf Jdey and Mohamed Nor Ali, whom he described as foreign fighters aligned to the Somalia-based Al-Shabab terror group, responsible for the 2010 twin terror attacks in Kampala.

"These are foreign fighters helping the Al-Shabab and are behind all these bombings," he said.

"People should be vigilant and report any suspicious people in the communities. Whoever has information should volunteer it to the police because it is the only way we can avoid these people (terrorists) and have them arrested," Sekate said.

Twice in just a few months, at least 10 suspected terrorists have sneaked into Uganda. Sekate said Uganda remains on high terror alert, owing to the threats security agencies have been receiving from terrorist groups. He said terrorists target mainly crowded places and those frequented by foreigners. Meanwhile, he revealed that police would seek legal advice on how to close public places with lax security measures.

Sekate urged proprietors of hotels, night clubs, restaurants, entertainment centres, bars and show grounds to institute security measures or risk closure to avoid. The al-Shabab militants, who merged with al-Qaeda earlier this year, have previously claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in Kampala and of recent Kenya. The two countries are being targeted for volunteering peacekeeping troops in Somalia that have reclaimed most areas originally held by Al-Shabaab.

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