Monday, October 13, 2008

Suicide bomber from Somalia may have slipped into Uganda

10 Oct 2008 The Monitor (Kampala) report by Tabu Butagira, Kololo - Uganda: Terrorism Threat is Real, Says Museveni - excerpt:
President Yoweri Museveni yesterday confirmed reports that security organisations are on high alert to tackle terrorist groups believed to be planning attacks in urban areas.

"Groups of urban terrorists may try to disturb (Uganda)," Mr Museveni said at celebrations to mark 46 years of Independence at Kololo. "But we shall deal with them using the vast security networks that we used during the (November 2007) Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and other occasions."

"Our involvement in peacekeeping operations in Somalia has made some characters there unhappy. Osama bin Laden and his group may try to cause trouble, and there is a possibility that some of them would want to disturb us," Maj. Gen. Kayihura said.

Uganda has provided troops to the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia to help restore normalcy in the volatile Mogadishu city, but the forces have lately become targets of attack by Islamic Courts militia who once controlled large parts of the country a few years ago.

Daily Monitor has learnt that Ugandan intelligence agencies are frantically following a tip from their Kenyan counterparts that a man believed to be a suicide bomber from Somalia could have slipped into the country through Entebbe Airport at the end of last month.

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