Uganda on alert over Kenya-style attack

October 19, 2013 - 3:01:59 am

KAMPALA: Uganda was on high alert yesterday over fears of an attack similar to the bloody mall assault by Somalia’s Shebab fighters in neighbouring Kenya, where investigators continue to recover charred body parts.

On Thursday, investigators found a charred skull in the wreckage of the mall, Kenyan police said, adding that DNA testing would be carried out to help identify it. Automatic rifles were also found. 

The Kenya Red Cross lists 23 people as missing a month after the siege.

Fears are high the Shabab will follow through on their threat to launch further attacks, with the Al Qaeda linked extremists this week bragging in propaganda posters at rallies in Somalia that “Westgate was just the beginning”.

“Stay alert and watch each other’s steps and activities, as we are still threatened by terror,” the Ugandan police said in a message, as armed security forces patrolled outside shopping centres in the capital Kampala.

It followed a message Tuesday from the US embassy in Uganda which said it was continuing “to assess reports that a Westgate-style attack may soon occur in Kampala”. AFP

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