By Richard A Luce
The United States has issued a warning that a group of attackers it didn’t identify, may be on the verge of mounting yet another attack in Uganda. The warning was issued late last night by the US embassy in Kampala and was missed by most Ugandan newspapers apart from the government-owned New Vision.
According to the US embassy in Kampala, the attackers are possibly already in place and could mount an attack anytime between now and next month. One of the targeted areas is said to be the Uganda Museum which is close to the British embassy compound. American citizens have been warned not to go anywhere near the Museum for the time being.
In the past Uganda has been attacked by Somali terrorist and is constantly in fear of being attacked by them. Uganda is home to many Somalis who moved into the country a long time ago especially during the reign of the late dictator Mohammed Siad Barre soon after the attempted 1978 coup d’état. With the outbreak of war in the country during the last decade after Barre’s departure e, it has become quite easy for Islamic fundamentalists to hide among Somali Ugandans. During the World Cup in July 2010, at least 79 football fans were killed when bombs went off in a bar and restaurant while they were watching the Cup Final. Al Shabaab, a feared Somali terrorist organisation, immediately claimed responsibility.
Having had their previous hold on most parts of Somalia taken away by troops from the African Union, the Islamist terrorists are now finding it easy to punish African countries that have made it difficult for them to hold on to areas they have held around Somalia. In Kenya which is also home to hundreds of thousands of Somalis and has sent troops to fight Somali terrorism in Somalia, Al Shabaab mounted another devastating attack last September in broad day light at a supermarket thronged with thousands of customers. 67 people including British citizens lost their lives when gunmen walked into the Westgate Supermarket in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and started shooting point blank anyone who could not say an Islamic prayer. Again Al Shabaab was quick to claim responsibility.