Police Arrest Suspected Al-Shabaab Terrorists En-route to Uganda

Combined Ugandan security agencies arrested two suspected Al-Shabaab operative at the Uganda-Kenya border, as security agencies continued an operation to dismantle what they said was an Al-Shabaab cell plotting attacks in this East African country.

The terror suspect identified Faraus Muhammad and Musa Awais were arrested at the Busia border point on their way to Uganda. The combined security agencies including the Special Operations Police, the Special Investigations Unit, the ISO, Flying Squad and the Special Forces Command have foiled a potential terrorist attack after they arrested two suspected extremists on Uganda-Kenya border.

Police said that there were signals and fillers that the terrorists could be planning to strike during the Uganda Martyrs day celebrations, an annual event of the bravery of young Christians who defied Buganda monarch Kabaka Mwanga and embraced Christianity. Martyrs day attracts millions of pilgrims from the region.

The security forces indicated that they became suspicious after the suspects had indicated on their passports that they were travelling to Kenya from Somalia but on reaching Nairobi, they jumped onto buses to Uganda.

They were also arrested in possession of multiple passports. Uganda, which has troops fighting Al-Shabaab in Somalia, has been on high alert amid concerns the Al Qaida-linked Islamic extremists are plotting an attack in the East African country.

In 2010 Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for bomb attacks that killed at least 76 people watching a soccer World Cup final on giant screens in Kampala. Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sierra Leone have deployed troops to Somalia as part of an African Union force bolstering the country’s weak government against Al-Shabaab’s insurgency.

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The African Union troops pushed al-Shabab out of the capital, Mogadishu, in 2011. A similar offensive is under way to oust the militants from their remaining strongholds in southern Somalia, where a U.S. airstrike killed Al-Shabaab’s former spiritual leader earlier this month.

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