UK Issues Uganda Terror Alert, Kampala Downplays It as 13 Suspected Members of ADF, Mai-Mai Arrested
The United Kingdom (UK) has warned that terrorists could carry out an attack in Uganda, but police have said there is no need to elevate the threat levels.
In a statement released yesterday, the UK government called on their nationals to be extremely vigilant about their security “especially in crowded and public places like hotels, transport hubs, restaurants and bars, and during major gatherings like sporting or religious events”.
“Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack,” the statement reads in part.
Police spokesman Fred Enanga yesterday confirmed that there are sleeper cells already in the country, adding that efforts to dismantle them are ongoing.
“Despite the emerging sleeper cells our terror alert levels are not elevated yet,” Mr Enanga said.
Although the UK did not mention which terrorist group is behind the threat, Uganda security agencies recently accused the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels of attempting to carry out terror attacks.
Last week, security agents shot dead a suspected ADF rebel, Hamid Nsubuga, 25, alias Young Midu, in Kampala. He was allegedly planning to assassinate a local politician Read MORE
Ugandan Police have asked members of the public to remain calm over the recent warning by the United Kingdom that terrorists could carry out an attack in Uganda.
“We want to assure you that have our joint counter terrorism teams that subject such alerts to validation. We take time to analyse them(threats) to see whether the attack is imminent in nature,” said Police spokesman Fred Enanga said Read MORE
Meanwhile, a Ugandan joint security team has arrested 13 suspected members of the Allied Democratic Force-ADF terror cell and Mai-Mai rebel group.
Eight of the suspects have been arrested by the East African nation's Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence in Buikwe district whereas others were picked by Crime Intelligence in the areas of Zombo and Kasese district.
According to a joint statement issued by police spokesperson Fred Enanga, security alleged that the eight who were arrested from Njeru municipality and three from Zombo town council, are part of the group that orchestrated an attack on Uganda People’s Defence Force-UPDF soldiers in July this year Read MORE