Al-Shabaab ‘planning’ major Uganda attack

Uganda warned yesterday that Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab insurgents were planning to use fuel tankers as bombs, one day after Kenya thwarted a “massive” car bomb a

 Kampala, Tuesday. Uganda warned today that Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab insurgents were planning to use fuel tankers as bombs, one day after Kenya thwarted a “massive” car bomb attack. Both Uganda and Kenya are key contributors of troops to the African Union force fighting the Al-Shabaab in Somalia, and the Islamists have carried out major attacks in both countries in retaliation in the past.

“We have received credible information to the effect that Al-Shabaab are planning to blow up fuel trucks in Kampala to cause extensive damage to people and property,” Ugandan police chief Kale Kayihura said in a statement.

“The public is asked to be very vigilant and help the police and report any suspicious movement or activity”.

Al-Shabaab bombers killed at least 76 people in Uganda’s capital Kampala in 2010.

On Monday, Kenyan police arrested two men driving a vehicle packed with explosives in the Indian Ocean port city of Mombasa.

The gunmen

Top Kenyan coastal government official Nelson Marwa said Tuesday the two men arrested had been preparing a “massive attack”.

Foreign special forces were part of the operation to stop them, he said.

“The two were tracked from Somalia by both Kenyan and foreign forces,” Mr Marwa said today.

Kenya has suffered a string of attacks blamed on the Islamist insurgents, including the September massacre in Nairobi’s Westgate mall in which at least 67 people were killed.

The group said the carnage was retribution for Kenya’s invasion of southern Somalia two years ago.

The UN-backed African Union force in Somalia this month launched a fresh offensive against Al-Shabaab bases, with the gunmen largely fleeing ahead of the assault, only to later stage guerrilla attacks. (AFP)

Spource: The citizen

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