- A bomb scare in the Uganda’s capital has brought the town to a stand still as security agencies began a search for an alleged bomb plot. The serious search comes nearly a week after Somali’s radical Islamists group Al Shabaab threatened terror attacks on the city.
Local reports said Bombo road was brought to a halt when the anti-terrorism squad was deployed at Bhatia Towers near Kampala Pentecostal Church to search for the bomb.
Police said that an anonymous person called the Central Police Station and reported a suspicious 'object wrapped in a polythene bag'.
“Police cordoned off the building and part of the road in front of it. The Bomb Squad arrived shortly to remove the bomb from the building and took it in a special vehicle to an unknown place before traffic and business returned to normal,” local newspaper, Daily Monitor said.
Many shops were reportedly closed down after police cordoned off the areas to start the search for any bombs.
Deputy police spokesperson Richard Musisi said security has been on high alert following threats by the Al-shabab, a Muslim extremist group in Somalia, who vowed to attack Uganda last week.
A senior leader of the al-Shabab militant group last week said that the rebels would strike within Uganda and Burundi in retaliation for civilian deaths allegedly caused by the African Union Mission in Somalia.
The rebel leader accused the peacekeepers under AMISOM, of being responsible for the shelling of a packed civilian area on Thursday last week which reportedly killed more than 30 people.
Uganda and Burundi have over 4,300 peacekeeping troops in Somalia who have lately come under attack by the Somali militia.
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