Kenya sends investigators to help Uganda hunt for terrorists (3)

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Sources said the meeting resolved to ask respective police commanders and social joints' managers to be vigilant.

"Kenyans also need to be careful to ensure suspicious characters are identified in time. Police cannot be all over," said the source, who asked not to be named.

Somali Islamist militant group, al-Shabab, a group with ties to al Qaida, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The group, which the United States has designated as a terrorist organization, has repeatedly threatened further attacks on Uganda and Burundi, both of which have peacekeepers in the Horn of Africa nation, if the troops are not withdrawn.

Reports said a Somali's head was found at the scene of one blast, and he may have been a suicide bomber. The Ugandan authorities have also confirmed making several arrests in connection to the attack.

The Islamist militias including al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam have been battling Somalia's government since 2007 and now control most of southern and central Somalia, as well as parts of Mogadishu.

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.

Source: Xinhua
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