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Security Tightened At Garden City, Oasis Mall


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stuff geneva;”>Chimp Corps who visited the two shopping centers on Saturday morning saw sniffer dogs, plain clothed security personnel and Counter Terrorism officials carrying out security checks.

Kayihura on Friday night said police had received “information of planned terror attack (suicide bombing) on Nakumatt/Garden City this weekend.”

He added: “As Police with its sister security agencies verify the information, we request members of the public to exercise vigilance, especially in public places such as places of entertainment/worship and public events.”

The General said events managers must work with Police to ensure total security at these venues.

“However, there should be no panic or fear. You should go about your business but exercise vigilance in ways, we always advise you.”

Security sources say Kayihura early this week received a message from Kenyan intelligence that terrorists had finalized plans to bomb Kampala.

The IGP also held meetings with several Counter Terrorism officials to assess their preparedness in case of any eventuality.

An email being circulated among corporate organizations also pointed to a terrorist strike on Saturday.

The U.S. Embassy in Kampala said in a statement in October that it continued to assess reports that a “Westgate-style attack may soon occur in Kampala.”

“Embassy officials are sharing all information with the Ugandan authorities. At this time, there is no further information on timing and/or location of this attack,” it added.

The fresh terror threats are likely to put the nation on the edge considering that Al Shabaab extremists in 2010 detonated explosives at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds and Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kampala, killing over 79 people and injuring hundreds.

The Somali militants fault Uganda for deploying soldiers in Somalia under the African Union and UN Mandate.

The Uganda government has insisted it will not pull out its troops from Somalia until the country realizes peace and security.


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