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Uganda: Security ramped up after bombs

Nation on high alert ahead of summit for African leaders.

Police also warn that key border areas in the West Nile region have been targeted.

West Nile regional police spokesperson, Philip Mukasa, said that leaflets carrying the threats were being circulated in the area.

"We have got some information that Arua and Mbale towns are their next target. Everything begins with rumors, so we can’t take anything for granted."

"Arua is a very strategic town at the border of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Sudan, which terrorists could take advantage of and exploit the weakness at the porous borders to infiltrate the country," Mukasa said.

“We shall visit markets, places of worship, banks, taxi parks and bus terminals so that our people learn to be alert and help the security to identify suspicious characters and objects.”

In Kisenyi, a Kampala neighborhood that is populated with Somalis, people are discussing the tragedy.  

"If we could lay our hands on such people, we would show them our wrath,” said Abdulayi Roble, a local Somali leader. “We are willing to work with the government and security agents to stop such acts and trace the culprits."

Because tension is high, there have been some xenophobic attacks on people deemed to look like foreigners. There are reports that some people who look like Somalis have been beaten to death by Kampala mobs.

From Mogadishu, Somalia’s Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke condemned the Al Shabaab terrorists.

"Al Shabaab terrorist group who killed children for watching World Cup matches in Mogadishu have taken full responsibility for the carnage in Kampala. The Somali people condemn this cowardly act and send their deepest condolences to the people of Uganda."

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/africa/100715/uganda-security-ramped-after-bombs