Kenya enhances border patrols after Uganda bomb attack (2)

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He said instability in Somalia is a regional problem and "our security agencies are looking into that."

"We are all aware of what happened to our neighbours in Uganda, we are very much alert as always. Kenyans should not be worried at all, we are very vigilant at the borders. We have secured the borders," said Ongeri.

The twin blasts came two days after a commander with al-Shabaab called for militants to attack sites in Uganda and Burundi which have contributed troops to the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.

Regional security analysts say the blast at the Ethiopian Village restaurant in particular has raised suspicions of al- Shabab involvement.

Ethiopia backs Somalia's government against the rebels. And Ethiopian troops invaded Somalia in 2006 to oust an Islamist movement, stoking an insurgency that still rages.

About 5,000 African Union troops from Uganda and Burundi are based in Mogadishu propping up the fragile interim government.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) force is engaged in frequent firefights with the Islamist insurgents that control much of southern and central Somalia.

Kenyan police also say its troops have been mobilized and are on full alert and ready for anything with fully fledged teams working 24 hours to monitor the country's entry points. "We are much more vigilant and have heightened surveillance and security along our borders and all entry points," Kenya's deputy police spokesman Charles Owino said.

He said the East African nation has been very supporting its troubled neighbours like Somalia, Burundi, Ethiopia and DRC by offering refuge to those who flee fighting especially from their troubled nations.

World leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama said the explosions were "deplorable and cowardly" while pan African body, the African Union has said the attacks will not affect its summit, which is due to be held in Kampala later this month.

Source: Xinhua
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