By Patrick Jaramogi
KAMPALA, Uganda: They struck when less expected. The January 15th 3pm lethal attack on a calm Tuesday afternoon along Riverside, an upscale Nairobi suburb ended leaving 15 dead and dozens injured.
The Somalia-based extremist group, Al-Shaabab, with links to Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility and said its “members are still fighting inside”. “We are behind the attack in Nairobi. The operation is going on. We shall give details later,” Abdiasis Abu Musab Al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesperson told Reuters.
The terror attack came just a day after the trail of the suspects involved the deadly West Gate Terror attacks that left over 60 dead started in Nairobi. The deadly attack sent shivers among security agencies in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, with intelligence fillers spreading high up, coupled with high alertness. Similarly, TheSpy Uganda has established that following the attack at Dusit Hotel in Nairobi, the Ugandan security agencies have bolstered and heightened security in all Ugandan borders.
We can reveal that following the attacks, top security chiefs from Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, (CMI), Internal Security Organisation (ISO), JAAT and the Counter Terrorism held late crisis meetings to avert any similar attack in Uganda. Security Minister Gen Elly Tumwine said: “As a country we are on high alert, on standby and ready to respond when attacked.”
ISO Boss Col. Kaka Bagyenda said as a country, the intelligence level on any security attacks have been maintained to the highest levels.Security bodies have urged members of the public to remain vigilant and report any suspecting faces or movements that is unusual to relevant authorities.