The Police and its sister security agencies are actively examining the contents and authenticity of a video allegedly posted by the Al-Shabaab, a Somali based terrorist group under a YouTube link “the final message of the Kampala warrior”.
The new video released depicts an unmasked Al-Shabaab man calling for Jihad-inspired attacks on Uganda and Burundi; as well as publicly calling for independent actors to join the movement in Somalia.
“As the public already knows, the threat of terrorism whether real or perceived has never been taken for granted by security,” CP Fred Enanga, Press and Public Relations Officer Uganda Police said in a statement.
“We are therefore, concerned about this new phase of terrorism that is viral.”
Enanga said although, the threat has no specific information about what might be planned, the security and intelligence community continues to gather credible information on the general threat, “like we have always successfully done in the past”.
“We therefore, take seriously any potential threats and respond appropriately by implementing extra security precautions, some of which are visible to the public and wrong elements, while others are invisible.”
He said police was also working closely with the public especially crime preventers, while encouraging the community members to report any suspicious activity to the nearest police station, LC official or other security officer.
“With such improved vigilance among the public we shall achieve ultimate victory over those who would want to harm us.”
Enanga assured the public that Uganda remains safe, with a very extensive and well trained professional security force employed countrywide, with effective patrols and monitoring activities over a 24 hour presence.
“We shall prevail,” he concluded.
Last month, Al Shabaab announced more attacks on the East African region especially Uganda and Kenya.
Uganda police force reported that Al-Shabaab had plans to attack schools and education institutions along the Kampala – Jinja high way.
In July 2010, Al Shabaab launched attacks on crowds watching a screening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final match at two locations in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, on 11 July 2010.
The attacks left 74 dead and 70 injured.
Meanwhile in Kenya, in April 2015, gun men linked to the group attacked Garissa University College in North Eastern Kenya killing 147 people and injuring over 70 others.