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Uganda steps up security at the international airport, all borders

07-14-2010 17:27 BJT

KAMPALA, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan government has beefed up its security at the country's international airport and all the country's border entry points following the terrorist attacks in the capital city of Kampala on Sunday which killed at least 76 people and leaving 71 others injured.

Uganda's police spokesperson Judith Nabakooba told Xinhua in an interview on Wednesday that they have stepped up, tightened and strengthened security at Entebbe International Airport, 40kms south of Kampala and all the entry points at the borders.

The police force has also increased its presence and patrols in Kampala, a centre of the twin bombings, as investigations are still going on.

"We are on full alert. We have tightened security and screening all persons entering into the country," said Nabakooba.

"Everybody must be vigilant and conscious about their surrounding at all times, especially to identify strange and suspicious people, abandoned items or packages," she told Xinhua.

The twin bomb explosions tore a huge crowd watching the World Cup final at Kyandondo Rugby Club in a suburb east of Kampala and an Ethiopian restaurant, south of Kampala, killing at least 70 people and leaving 71 others injured then. Among the dead were 10 Ethiopians and Eritreans, an Indian, a Congolese and an American. However, the death toll has since risen to 76.

The Ugandan police on Tuesday announced that it had found unexploded suicide vest abandoned at a discotheque in Makindye, a city in the south of the capital city of Kampala.

Uganda's Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura said the suicide vest, laden with explosives and fitted with a detonator, had been found packed in a black laptop bag at ICS Discotheque in Makindye Monday afternoon.

Al Shabab, an armed faction fighting the Somali Transitional Government with known links with al Qaeda has claimed responsibility of the deadly attack.

The East African country on Tuesday started one week national mourning declared by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday. The national flag is flying at half mast in the public and government institutions.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source:

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