Kampala, Uganda | KAMPALA DISPATCH | With only few days left to this year’s Martyrs’ Day celebrations on June 3, security agencies have put pilgrims on the high alert for suspected terror attacks.
Deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye says they have received reports intelligence indicating that suspected terrorists have sneaked into the country.
According to Namaye, based on the intelligence, terror suspects may target to wreak havoc during the Martyrs’ Day celebrations at Namugongo.
Pilgrims have been urged to be suspicious of abandoned luggage and dubious people and alert security agency for swift action. Namaye said although police and its sister security forces have deployed to swat any criminal activities, the pilgrims and the entire public must be vigilant.
al-Shabaab terrorists last hit Uganda on July 11, 2010, killing close to 80 football fans during the twin bombings at Kyadondo Rugby Club in Lugogo and Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kabalagala.
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Namaye says they have deployed covert and overt security personnel to ensure the Martyrs’ Day celebrations go uninterrupted. At least four surveillance helicopters will be deployed before, during and after the celebrations to monitor the security of pilgrims.
Namaye also says they have installed 63 closed circuit televisions in Namugongo purposely to monitor criminal elements.