18 March 2014

Somalia: Uganda Issues Warning Over Al Shabab Terror Attack in the Country

Ugandan police have went on high alert after issuing a terror warning following new threats found by the police, according to police spokesman.

Uganda security agencies have said they have beefed up the security and the police were now more vigilant after they activated and tightened security in particular around fuel tanker stopovers and parking places.

"We have received intelligence information that terrorists belonging to the Al-Shabaab group are planning to attack Uganda by hitting fuel tankers on transit, fuel depots and stations," deputy police spokesperson Onyango Patrick said in a statement late Monday.

Al Shabab group in Somalia carried a high profile attack in Ugandan capital, Kampala in July 2010 killing 79 people who were watching a World Cup match.

The new threat shows that the terrorist group was planning to hit the fuel tankers crossing the Ugandan-Kenyan border.

"We have deployed adequately in these places with both overt and covert personnel," said Patrick.

Police have decided to escort all fuel tankers from Busia and Malaba borders with Kenya in a convoy by our Counter Terrorism Officers in liaison with the Territorial Commanders of the area in which these tankers are passing.

Uganda is part of the African Union Mission in Somalia fighting against Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.

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