Al Shabaab plans new attack on Uganda, Kenya


Military Police jump off their patrol pickup as they arrive at the Kare Hostel at Makerere Kikoni, Kampala, Saturday April 4, 2015, to inspect security among the university students (PHOTO: Zahra Abdul for Kampala Express)


The Somali based Islamist militants Alshabaab have announced more attacks on the East African region especially Uganda and Kenya.

On Friday, the Uganda police force issued another terror alert following credible information that Al-Shabaab had plans to attack schools and education institutions along the Kampala – Jinja high way.

During a media brief at the police headquarters the Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura, emphasized that the alert was meant to cover the whole country as terrorists had unlimited targets.

The IGP also reminded school administrators along the Jinja high way to activate standing school security committees immediately.

He directed area Police Commanders to supervise and ensure that security committees are operating according to the security guidelines issued by the ministry of education.

The police discouraged the public from entering venues that are not well secured pointing out commercial areas, happening places, hotels, religious places, markets and taxi parks.

Military police also deployed at Kyambogo, Makerere and Makerere Business School (Mubs) universities as well as the capital Kampala to avert the terror.

Uganda Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima, announced that no resident in Kampala would be allowed to enter a supermarket and church without a national identity card during Easter prayers as a means to check terror.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, said Police supported by other security agencies have already increased visibility in form of foot patrols, motorized patrols, and general vigilance to prevent such violent crimes as armed attacks, including terrorism, house break-ins, and break-ins in vehicles, highway robberies, rape and defilement in Kampala.

“In collaboration with hotel owners, proprietors of places entertainment, markets, shopping malls and places of worship Police are putting in places measures to enhance the security of these places which obviously will be patronized by many people during the Easter season,” Onyango said.

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.

Al Shabaab announces more attacks on Kenya

Meanwhile in Kenya, last week, gun men linked to the group attacked Garissa University College in North Eastern Kenya killing 147 people and injuring over 70 others.

In a statement attributed to the group’s press office, the Alshabaab have told the Kenyan government that they will write with the blood of Kenyans so their graves should be dug now and their coffins prepared.

“Our message will be written to you not with words, but the blood of your people. Dig their graves and prepare their coffins,” reads the statement in part.

The group also accuses the Kenyan government of perpetrating atrocities against the Muslims in East Africa.

The statement further says that in Somalia, the Kenyan military has committed a countless number of atrocities against the Muslim population.

“Do not dream of security in your lands until security becomes a reality in the Muslims lands, including the North Eastern Province and coast until all your forces withdraw from all Muslim lands. We will, by the permission of Allah, stop at nothing to avenge the death of our Muslim brothers until your government ceases its oppression and until Muslim lands are liberated from Kenyan occupation.”

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