Uganda placed on high security alert after grenade attacks

By Own Correspondent – Security forces in Uganda have urged the citizens to stay vigilant after grenade attacks on a Ugandan bound Coach from Nairobi yesterday evening leaving two people dead and injuring over 26 people.

Monday’s explosion went off as passengers checked-in to board the Coach. A scuffle ensued between security at the check-in point and three men carrying a box from which the explosion originated moments later according to eye witnesses at the scene. This comes 5months after the July bomb blast that rocked the country’s capital, Kampala as revelers turned out to watch 2010 World Cup finals.

The Police in Uganda had recently warned the public on the likely attacks from terrorists.   “Terror threats from Al-qaeda, Al-shabaab and ADF are the main threats,” remarked Maj.Gen. Kale Kayihura, Uganda’s Inspector General of Police. Last evening’s grenade attacks therefore were no surprise to security circles in the country. The Police boss called on the public to keep maximum vigilance and collaborate with the Police incase of any suspicious items. The Police have maintained that these attacks are still haunting the country and targeting the nation on strategic days. As Christmas and New Year festivities draw close, the nation stands on a high security alert. “We are heightening the security on our boarders,” said Ms.Judith Nabakooba, the Ugandan Police Spokes person on an NTV interview this evening.