Terrorists arrested in plot to burn Kampala


Police Chief Kale Kayihura says the force apprehended terrorists who were planning to burn down Kampala city.

“We recently registered success, when with the support of Kenya Police and other friendly security agencies, arrested two suspected terrorists by the names of Nuseiba Mohamad Hajji and Fatuma Muhammad Hanshi, who are Somalis of Kenyan origin,” Kayihura told journalists at the police headquarters on Monday.

He said the two female suspects were arrested and handed over to Kenyan authorities last week.

However, another suspected terrorist, Ahmed Hish and Farah Dagane, who fled Kenya after his accomplices were arrested, has been traced to have entered Uganda.

“We are hunting for him. Incidentally, we have obtained information that there are people planning to burn markets and some buildings within the city and upcountry towns.”

He called upon the public to cooperate as usual, be vigilant and report any suspicious person(s) or item(s) or situation.

Kayihura congratulated the people of Uganda upon achieving a major milestone in the nation’s election calendar because the swearing-in ceremony of the President-elect marks the completion of the Presidential elections’ calendar, and formation of a new government.

“On behalf of JOC which comprises of all security agencies, I convey my appreciation to all Ugandans for your cooperation to the joint security forces which enabled largely peaceful and secure national elections.”

He said security preparations for the Swearing-in Ceremony are, obviously, in response to anticipated crime and security threats which include among others terrorism, civil disobedience, armed criminal violence as well as common crime.

“To enhance general security, joint security forces are, already patrolling the City, municipalities, major towns as well as strengthening boarder security.”

He said patrols and other security measures will be enhanced as the country closes in to President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing in ceremony slated for Thursday.

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