Terror Threat Grips Uganda
The country’s security is on tenterhooks after five suspected terrorists sneaked into the country.
Deputy police spokesperson, Vincent Ssekate on Thursday released the names of the suspected Al Shabaab terrorists who are expected to have entered the country from Somalia.
The suspects, whose pictures have been released to press, have been identified as Ali Balam Adan, Nam A. Amur, Abudallah Ahmed Abudallah, Abderraoup Jdey, and Mohamed Nor Ali.
Ssekate has therefore called upon the public to be on a lookout of the suspects, saying people should report to the authorities and the police if any of these people is seen in the surrounding areas.
He also called upon people operating public place such as hotels, taxi parks, churches, mosques, disco halls and markets to intensify of the security measures in their premises to avoid terror strikes.
Uganda was bombed by the Al Shabaab in July 2010, attacks that left over 79 dead.
Below is the statement from Police
We have received information that five terrorists have entered or about to enter Uganda.
These five individuals namely; ALI BALAM ADAN, NAM A.AMUR, ABUDALLAH AHMED ABUDALLAH, ABDERRAOUP JDEY, and MOHAMED NOR ALI are active members of radical organizations planning to commit attacks and participate in hostile acts.
The Police supported by the other sister security agencies are stepping up vigilance to avert these evil plans. However, our efforts alone are not enough.
To fight terrorism we require vigilance of each and every member of the public. We, therefore, call upon each and every one of you, to be conscious of this threat, and join our efforts to prevent it. Therefore as a reminder we urge you on the following measures:
1. Security Consciousness. As you move about be conscious of your surroundings at all times. Take interest in what goes on in your neighborhoods. Look out for strange and suspicious looking people and demand for their identity and inform any LC official or the nearest police post and/or any security officer in the vicinity.
2. Look out for suspicious or abandoned items or packages e.g. bags, cars, boxes, unexpected gifts, flowers, flasks, mails and parcels, abandoned suitcases, dust bins, electronics, i.e. radios watches, cameras, mobile phones, television etc and any other items with loose wires attached, and immediately inform any LC official, or the nearest police post, and/or any security officer in the vicinity. Specifically, look out, and scrutinize suspicious liquids packed in bottles and immediately alert the Police.
3. Ensure that premises are kept neat and clean. All rubbish containers, excessive stock and equipment must be removed. This will decrease the possibility of an “out of place” object which may suddenly appear and could possibly be an explosive such as a bomb.
4. To eliminate possible “bomb shelters/hideouts”, all rubbish cans and containers should be quickly removed from premises, especially, in passages, toilets, and in public places. All office cupboards and entry panels for wiring and plumbing must be locked away, when not in use.
5. Access control to buildings/venues/events: First, there should be capable guards (who are alert, 24/7) at gates or all entry points to check everybody accessing the premises. Secondly, there should be Metal detectors, dogs (if possible) at all entrance points to detect possible intrusion of explosive materials e.g. bombs.
Thirdly, security lights, alarms, etc, should, if they have not been placed along non-porous perimeter fences, be installed. Hotels, malls, supermarkets, markets such as kikubo, public buildings with underground parking should put in place additional guards/other security measures.
6. Bus and taxi owners and operators, working with Police and the other security services, should put in place enhanced access control, and internal security measures both in the parks, as well as entering and within the vehicles while on the move.
Vehicles should be subjected to checks before entry into any premises and/or parking yards. Metal detectors should be carried in buses and taxis to check passengers and luggage that board enroute.
Drivers should be required to open the bonnet and boot under close watch of security. Vehicles should be searched and its underside scrutinized using angled mirrors. Where there are multiple entrances, and exits, particularly, the Old Taxi Park in Kampala, either ensures effective access control through all of them or minimized them so that traffic flow is through one entry/exit point.
7. We strongly urge all organizers of public events such as parties, concerts, open air public prayers, sports and social gatherings to involve the Police in the early stages of planning and preparations of the events.
8. In particular, campaign managers or organizers of other political events should work even more closely with the Police to ensure effective access control and internal security of the venues for the events.
9. Educational institutions should implement the basic standards for safety and security provided to them by the Ministry of Education. I restated the same in the Circular that I sent out three years ago. In particular, they should at all times ensure that visitors to the premises are properly searched and entrances manned by trained security guards on a 24-hour basis.
10. We have set up security inspection teams to ensure that premises adhere to these security measures. In particular, we request proprietors and managers of the following categories of premises to expect visits from our teams:
Places of entertainment and social gatherings, bars, hotels, supermarkets and malls, taxi parks and bus parks, places of worship, hospitals, stadia, camping sites, restaurants, public buildings, and markets. Please accord them the cooperation that you gave us during the last festive season.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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