University of Nairobi has warned of a possible terrorist attack on its campuses.
“Intelligence reports indicate that the Al Shabaab terror group is planning retaliatory attacks on vital installations in Nairobi including a major University. The information is already being processed by the relevant government agencies with an objective of putting necessary measures in place to foil any such attempts,” said an email sent to the UoN Community by W. M. Wahome, the chief security officer.
“You are hereby advised to continue being vigilant and diligent while in the University and other crowded places. Be conscious of any suspicious persons and/or luggage as you go about your daily schedules.
“Please report any security concerns by calling the University control room on any of the following numbers 0717035268, 0750982391, 0731453263, 020-2319186, 020-2319172, 020-318262 or the nearest security office,” said the email.
The UoN warning came immediately United States said it had information of “possible terrorist threats” to locations frequented by Westerners in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, and warned that an attack could take place soon.
The U.S. Embassy in Kampala issued the warning in a statement posted on its website, Reuters news reported.
“The U.S Embassy has received information of possible terrorist threats to locations where Westerners, including U.S. citizens, congregate in Kampala, and that an attack may take place soon,” it said.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. mission has canceled some non-essential events scheduled at local hotels in the coming days,” it added.
Uganda is a close security ally of the United States in East Africa. The embassy issued similar alerts last year about possible attacks in Uganda.
Al Shabaab, which is aligned with al Qaeda, attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, capital of neighboring Kenya, in 2013. In 2010, it bombed sports bars in Uganda where people were watching soccer’s World Cup on television. Dozens were killed in both attacks.
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