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Mass Easter Arrests in Uganda

Uganda Police personnel in a specialised counter terrorism training exercise in Kampala recently

Police have arrested several suspects during an investigation into terror threats and other acts of criminality in Uganda, stomach cialis 40mg http://defensebydesign.com/wp-admin/includes/user.php Chimp Corps report.

“It’s true we carried out extensive operations in Kampala where so many people were arrested. We are now interrogating and screening them. The suspects are held at different police stations in the city, ampoule price http://communityartsprogram.org/wp-includes/class-json.php ” said Namaye in an interview with ChimpReports on Easter Monday.

“We were targeting illegal immigrants and suspicious characters. Some people were found with equipment used to break into houses,” added the deputy police publicist.

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She said it was too early to link the detained suspects to any particular terrorism plot but that a through screening process is underway.

Pressed to give updates on the Kagezi murder investigation, Namaye said “there are some people whom we are working closely with. They will work as our witnesses.”

A press conference planned for today has been postponed.

She said security has been tightened at schools, universities and public places. At Entebbe International Airport, security has also been beefed up.

“We have also increased patrols in the city to prevent possible attacks. We have urged the boda boda community to cooperate with us by identifying and reporting negative elements who want to bring a bad name to their community. Because you know most violent crimes involve bodas,” stressed Namaye.

She further denied reports of a curfew in Uganda, saying, “People are free to move freely but must remain vigilant.”

Intelligence sources said the suspects were rounded up from their residences by joint counter terrorism squads.

The Uganda Police Force last week issued another terror alert following “credible information that Al-Shabaab had plans to attack schools and education institutions along the Kampala – Jinja high way.”

This came in the wake of the terror attack on Garissa University College in Kenya where 147 students were killed and others held hostage.

During a media briefing, Police boss General Kale Kayihura emphasized that the alert was meant to cover the whole country as terrorists had unlimited targets.

The IGP also has reminded school administrators along the Jinja high way to activate standing school security committees immediately.

He directed area Police Commanders to “supervise and ensure that security committees are operating according to the security guidelines issued by the ministry of education.”

On this note, the police discouraged the public from entering venues that are not well secured.

All proprietors of commercial areas, happening places, hotels, religious places, markets and taxi parks were reminded that failure to comply with the set guidelines would result into the closure of their businesses.

He further added that traffic jams posed a security risk and that he had directed traffic police to address the threat of traffic jam during the festive season, by exploring alternative routes diverting traffic.

He also urged the public to respect the check points that will be erected at different locations throughout the country.

 

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