[QODLink]
Africa

Uganda raises security alert to maximum

Police issue highest alert as US and local intelligence agencies assess reports of Westgate-style threat in Kampala.

Last Modified: 19 Oct 2013 05:58
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Uganda's police have raised the country's "terror alert", as domestic and US intelligence agencies warned of an imminent attack similar to last month's assault on a shopping mall in neighbouring Kenya.

Security staff have been recalled from leave and thousands of extra police deployed across the capital, Kampala.

"Our intelligence and that of the Americans show an imminent terror attack is likely," police spokesman Patrick Onyango told Reuters news agency on Friday.

The Ugandan police appealed for calm and people's understanding as the police carried out more random searches and said the force's staff would not be allowed to take leave until further notice.

Al-Shabab threat

Uganda had already heightened security after the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, claimed by Somali armed group al-Shabab. About 70 people were killed during the siege of the mall.

Al-Shabab also carried out the 2010 bombings in Kampala, targeting crowds gathered for the occasion of the football World Cup final in reprisal for Uganda's participation in an African Union force that swept into Somalia to neutralise rebels and help end prolonged war and anarchy in the country.

The US Embassy in Kampala said on Tuesday it was assessing reports that a "Westgate-style attack may soon occur in Kampala".

It also cautioned its citizens to be vigilant about visiting crowded areas.

Al-Shabab has issued several threats to again strike Uganda, a staunch western ally, unless it withdraws from Somalia where its troops are fighting as part of a 17,000-strong AU peacekeeping force.

243

Source:
Reuters
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Mehdi Hasan discusses online freedoms and the potential of the web with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
Featured
As nuclear age approaches eighth decade, visitors flock to historic bomb craters at New Mexico test sites.
Venezuela's president lacks the charisma and cult of personality maintained by the late Hugo Chavez.
Despite the Geneva deal, anti-government protesters in Ukraine's eastern regions don't intend to leave any time soon.
Since independence, Zimbabwe has faced food shortages, hyperinflation - and several political crises.
After a sit-in protest at Poland's parliament, lawmakers are set to raise government aid to carers of disabled youth.
join our mailing list