Police foils terror attack on Busitema University


Busitema University


Uganda Police has thwarted a plot by suspected Al Shabaab terrorists to bomb Busitema University.

Police in Bukedi sub region says it has already started a hunt for a Somali National who reportedly attempted to convince a student of Busitema University to assist him execute launch an attack on the institution.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, told press in Kampala the student whose identity is withheld claims to have been approached by one Abdul Karim asking him to help plant explosives at university promising him huge sums of money.

According to Enanga, the suspect promised to give the student tempting huge sums of cash to carry out the mission.

“We arrested the suspect and this is how real such threats are continuing to materialise,” Enanga revealed.

The development comes shortly after Al Shabaab warned that it would attack Ugandan schools located along Jinja road.

Security deployed heavily at Kyambogo, Makerere Business School and Uganda Christian University to avert the terror.

A few days back, four suspected terrorists were arrested in Kasese in police’s efforts to curb terror in the country.

An attempted attack on Busitema also follows the attack on Kenya’s Garissa University that left 148  students dead.

As a measure, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, has said security agencies must develop a watch list for suspected criminals and foreigners as one of the measures to check insecurity and infiltration of the country by terrorists.

Gen Kayihura said this last Saturday while launching the community policing programme for Mbarara District at Mbarara High School.

According to Daily Monitor, the IGP said foreigners should also be put on this watch list, claiming there are several Interahamwe (group who committed the 1994 genocide in Rwanda) hiding in western Uganda that could have otherwise been detected if there was a checklist with records of their conduct in their countries of origin.

He said the watch list will be shared between security agencies in regions and national security councils to monitor activities of such people.

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