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Uganda army on alert after Westgate

23 September 2013, 22:28

Kampala - Neighbouring Uganda, which also has troops in Somalia fighting Islamist militants, said on Monday it had stepped up security following the raid by Al-Shabaab gunmen on Westgate shopping mall that killed at least 62 people.

The last big attack by Somalia's al Shabaab, which has claimed responsibility for the Nairobi attack, was a double bombing in Uganda in 2010, targeting people watching the soccer World Cup final on television in Kampala, killing 77 people.

Ugandan army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Ankunda said that, "We have generally stepped up security across the board in terms of streamlining border security so that we plug all the loopholes at entry points that could be potentially exploited by these characters."

"We have strengthened our cooperation with our neighbouring countries in intelligence sharing and all other ways in which we can collaborate to defeat these terrorists," Ankunda added.

However, there was no obvious visible sign of heightened security at two of the capital's main shopping malls, beyond the usual checks by private security personnel.

- Reuters


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