Uganda has put its elite and regular security forces on a higher alert amid fears of what a Counter Terrorism chief described as possible “simultaneous or isolated attacks” by terrorists.
In an internal memo, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Abbas Byakagaba, said “credible intelligence indicates possible intention to conduct simultaneous or isolated attacks on Uganda and another East African Country, targeting unspecified areas/facilities including those frequented by foreign nationals.”
Byakagaba did not mention the East African country also targeted by extremists but United States embassy in Kampala issued a travel directives warning its nationals against hanging out in crowded places.
The Counter Terrorism Director, however, emphasised: “It is on this note that all commanders should with immediate effect, implement all but not limited to the security measures.”
This website understands the police’s terror alertness message comes high on the heels of a United States briefing to Uganda’s security services that the country faced an imminent terrorist strike.
Police have since ordered all personnel at places of deployment to remain alert and vigilant and regular forces to conduct security inspections and snap checks on all crowded places especially those that host foreign nationals for whatever purpose.
Byakagaba also directed on enhanced and focused counter terrorism deployments, patrols, surveillance and intelligence operations in areas of responsibility.
He said alert squads should be activated to check on alertness of personnel on duty and also close cooperation with sister security forces including controlling access to places that conduct routine checks and those that do not normally do so.
Sources within security told this website Somalia Islamic militants, the Al Shabab threatened to target local hangout places including clubs, football halls, churches and schools