Kenya enhances border patrols after Uganda bomb attack

08:06, July 13, 2010      

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Kenya's authorities said Monday they have increased security patrols near the Kenyan border with Somalia following Sunday night's twin blasts in neighboring Uganda, killing at least 74 people.

Military spokesman Bongita Ongeri said the east African nation which neigbours the war-torn Somalia was not taking chances after the twin blasts and has heightened security near the common frontier. "There should not be any worry at all because we have heightened security along our border with Somalia," Ongeri told Xinhua by telephone.

His remarks came as reports say an al Qaeda-linked Somali radical group has backed Sunday's twin bombings in Kampala.

Dozens of people who had gathered to watch the World Cup were killed in the nearly simultaneous bombings, and another 60 wounded.

They happened at a rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, and appear to have been planned to go off in the middle of the match.

Suspicions are falling on al-Shabab, a group with ties to al Qaeda based in the chaos of neighboring Somalia. Reports said a Somali's head was found at the scene of one blast, and he may have been a suicide bomber.

The Somali militants have repeatedly warned Uganda of dire consequences because of Kampala sent its troops to the Horn of Africa nation to help the transitional government stamp its authority on the Somali soil.

Ongeri said that the country's security agents have always been stationed along the borders with Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan due to instability in those countries.

"We know Somali problem and that is why we have stationed our soldiers there to man the porous border. Other security agencies are also strategically located there. So I don't think there should be any problem at all," Ongeri said.

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