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Police: Arrested Eritreans Not Terrorists

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However, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango denied the claims, saying “we carried out thorough physical checks and did not find any wires and explosives.”


Onyango pointed out that the Eritreans had gone to a salon where suspicious members of the public decided to tip the police.


“The public is vigilant because of terror threats facing Uganda. They reported to us about some suspicious people and we quickly responded by arresting them. Upon interrogation, we discovered they did not have links with terrorists and decided to release them on bond,” added Onyango.


Security remains tight in Kampala with the army and counter terrorism personnel patrolling streets to avert potential terrorist strikes in the city.


In a related development, government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo on Friday urged the public to go about their business without fear of terrorism and also ignore “alarmist” US travel advisory notes.


The US embassy in Kampala on Thursday said terrorists were in final stages of bombing crowded places in Kampala particularly Entebbe International Airport.

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