Uganda was on high alert on Friday over fears of an attack similar to the bloody mall assault by Somalia’s Shabab fighters in neighbouring Kenya, where investigators continue to recover charred body parts.
At least 67 people were massacred in the upmarket Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi when gunmen stormed the crowded complex on September 21, firing from the hip and hurling grenades at shoppers and staff.
On Thursday, investigators found a charred skull in the wreckage of the mall, Kenyan police said, adding that DNA testing would be carried out to help identify it. Automatic rifles were also found. The Kenya Red Cross lists 23 people as missing a month after the siege.
Fears are high the Shabab will follow through on their threat to launch further attacks, with the al Qaeda linked extremists this week bragging in propaganda posters at rallies in Somalia that “Westgate was just the beginning”. “Stay alert and watch each other’s steps and activities, as we are still threatened by terror,” the Ugandan police said, as armed security forces patrolled outside shopping centres in Kampala.