- CNTV English - CCTV News

Uganda gov't down plays new terror threats by Somali militant group

07-16-2010 15:28 BJT

KAMPALA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- The Ugandan government on Thursday downplayed the latest threats by a Somali militant group that the recent bomb blast here that killed 74 people were just a prelude.

Fred Opolot, the government spokesperson also executive director of the government owned Uganda Media Center, told Xinhua in an interview that the latest threats are rhetoric, warning that the Al Shabaab, which claimed responsibility of the three blasts Sunday night, will be pursued.

"The Al Shabaab can say what they want but certainly the Uganda government has the responsibility to ensure that the country is peaceful and indeed to ensure that such terrorist groups do not infiltrate into the country," he said, noting that all security agencies in the country are on high alert.

"Should the Al Shabaab instigate any attacks in Uganda, just be assured that they will be followed and arrested," he said, stressing that the Ugandan government is absolutely serious about the security of its people. Three 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 74 people and leaving over 70 injured.

The spiritual leader of the Al Shabaab, Sheikh Muqtar Abdelrahman Abu Zubeyr in an audio tape posted on the group's website said that the blasts were just the beginning of attacks on Uganda for deploying its peacekeeping troops in Somalia.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday vowed to launch an offensive both in Uganda and Somalia against the Al Shabaab for the weekend attacks.

He said the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia would be stepped up to 20,000 troops from the current 4, 300 which are deployed by Uganda and Burundi.

Meanwhile government has described the increased reports of bombs scares in the capital Kampala as a good sign that the public is vigilant and encourage some public areas to be more restricted with the security.

"It's incredibly important that the public itself are vigilant. If people are not aware of or conscious of their security needs are there by themselves that could be very dangerous. But the fact that they are reporting some objects they don't understand I think that is a good sign," said Opolot.

"For certain restricted public areas like bars, clubs, churches and so forth, the government encourage the owners of such venues to ensure there is reasonable security. The metal detectors are encouraged to be bought by the proprietors and also do the minimal checks of their customers or clients," he added. According to Opolot, public announcements and leaflets are going to be distributed to increase public awareness. "By next week the police will make such constant announcement over radio," he said.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program