Crime & Investigation

Police: Entebbe Airport not Threatened by Terrorists

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rx http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/tcb/editor/lb_revision_manager.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Sections of local media on Monday quoted the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura as saying ‘Entebbe airport is at the mercy of terrorists.’


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Kayihura reportedly made the remarks while passing out 49 Aviation Security personnel at the Police Training School in Kabalye, Masindi during the weekend.


However, Police publicist, Fred Enanga described the report as a ‘misconception.’


He added: “The IGP upon congratulating the Civil Aviation Authority for their initiative to train and improve the capacity of its security personnel noted that the Airport was a vital installation with high value of human capital, goods, property, and wealth, which makes it attractive to criminals and terrorists.”


Enanga quoted Kayihura as saying terrorism remains a reality and challenge as terrorists were getting more sophisticated.


According to Enanga, Kayihura urged the Civil Aviation Authority to closely work with Police and other sister security agencies to heighten vigilance and strengthen counter-terrorism measures at Entebbe International Airport and all other airfields/aerodromes across the country to ensure they are safe and secure.


“The IGP would therefore, like to reassure the public that Entebbe International Airport is very safe and secure.


He further adds that the absence of any terrorist attack at the Airport has been due to an effective and elaborate safety and security arrangement that includes a combination of professional human capacity, popular vigilance through citizen activism, technical and the canine capabilities,” said Enanga.


Terrorists have increased bombing activities in the region.


Al Shabaab extremists recently raided Westgate Mall where they killed scores of innocent civilians.


Security is yet to rule out the role of terrorists in a fire that razed down a section of Kenyatta International Airport recently.


Enanga said like any other Airport security, there may be technical weaknesses which were alluded to by the IGP and which the journalists could have misunderstood.


“However, having the best technical capacity including security equipment does not imply 100 percent safety and security as some International Airports have been attacked while well equipped. There is need for human capabilities and judgments to reinforce the technical area reason why the Aviation security underwent basic training in counter terrorism measures to help predict moves of the terrorists.”


Although the IGP stressed the critical need for the Civil Aviation Authority to invest in special high tech equipment, he maintained the need for thorough human body checking systems.

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