Two suspected terrorists have been arrested by the Uganda Police in Kampala and are being held at Kireka Police Post, a suburb in the capital Kampala.
The two were travelling in a taxi Reg. No. UAU 959S from Kampala to Malaba, in the east of the country.
However, on their way, passengers in the taxi became suspicious of the two. Realizing that they are in trouble, one of them tried to use the vehicle’s window to exit through the taxi but was blocked by the passengers.
It is at this point that the passengers called the police who apprehended the duo and took them to Kireka Police Post.
The OC Traffic for Kiira Division Mwesigye said he was “Thankful to the passengers who were quick to alert the police” and called on the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious individuals.
Ugandan security services have been on high alert in th past two weeks following intelligence reports that terrorists are hiding in the Ugandan capital Kampala. The Ugandan army and police’s anti-terror squad last Thursday morning deployed in the capital to avert any such threat.
It also follows a series of terror threats issued by elements vowing to attack the east African country.
It should be recalled that in 2010, Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab suicide bombers hit Kampala on July 11, 2010 killing 74 people watching the World Cup final at two different venues.
The bombs went off simultaneously on July 11th 2010 at Kyadondo rugby grounds along Jinja road and the Ethiopian Village restaurant in Kabalagala.
Uganda contributes the lions share of troops under the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) that are currently battling the AL Qaeda linked Islamist group.