Kampala. The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, yesterday issued a new terror alert, warning that suicide bombers were planning to attack Nakumatt and Garden City shopping malls this weekend.
“We have received information of planned terror attack (suicide bombing) on Nakumatt/Garden City this weekend. As police with its sister security agencies verify the information, we request members of the public to exercise vigilance, especially in public places such as places of entertainment, worship and public events,” Gen Kayihura warned on Friday.
The police chief also advised events managers to work with police to ensure “total security” at the hosting venues.
Gen Kayihura warned the public to be vigilant but continue doing their work.
The warning came after a bank in Kampala detected a suspicious cash transaction involving a soldier, a university student and two others, who were trying to withdraw USh20 million.
The family of one of the four had become suspicious and alerted the bank after they got information that the “boy could have been in touch with wrong people” and was going to withdraw a big sum of money.
Somali insurgents al-Shabaab, who claimed responsibility for the terror attack on Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi that left 70 dead in September, warned they would carry out similar attacks on Uganda.
The al-Shabaab accuse Uganda and Kenya of deploying troops in Somalia for peace keeping mission.
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces deployed in Somalia in 2007 and in 2011 pushed the insurgents out of Mogadishu, which had been their stronghold for almost five years.