Uganda joins Kenya in investigating Monday grenade attacks

08:25, December 22, 2010      

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Ugandan police on Tuesday announced that it has joined its Kenyan counterparts to probe the Monday evening blasts that left three people dead and dozens injured in Nairobi.

Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, Uganda's Inspector General of Police, told reporters here that a team of anti and counter terrorism police officers on Tuesday flew to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi to probe the grenade attacks.

The Monday grenade attack was targeting a Kampala-bound public bus in Nairobi's central business district.

"We are working closely with the Kenyan police to investigate the blast. A team of officers flew to Nairobi early this morning," said Kayihura at a briefing.

The police boss said al Shabaab, the Somali militants who claimed responsibility of the July 11 twin bomb explosions in Kampala, are likely to be responsible for the Monday grenade attacks.

"From our indicators, we believed these were Al Shabaab terrorist and Al Qaede," said Kayihura.

According to the Kenya Red Cross Society, the blast injured 42 people who were rushed to various hospitals on Monday night.

Most of the injured were Ugandans who were returning home country for Christmas holiday. Rwandans, Sudanese and a few Kenyans were also affected by the blast.

Kayihura cautioned Ugandans to be extra vigilant during this festive season, saying that the terrorists may be planning to attack again.

"We call of you (public) to be extra vigilant and alert because you are the first line of your personal security as well as national security. There is a possibility that those terror groups may attempt to repeat their diabolical plans on the country," said Kayihura.

The East African nation has also beefed up and heightened its security at the country's border, airports and on Lake Victoria to avert any possible terror attacks during the holidays.

The police boss issued several strict security guidelines to prevent terrorism in the country ahead of the festive season.

"To succeed, there must be close collaboration between the security forces, local authorities, owners, proprietors, managers of premises/events managers and the public as a whole," he said.

Source: Xinhua
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