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60 People Rounded Up in Night Police Operations In Mbale

Police in Mbale have arrested a total of sixty seven suspects in an operation conducted on Wednesday night in Mbale Municipality.
Police in Mbale have arrested a total of sixty seven suspects in an operation conducted on Wednesday night in Mbale Municipality.

Diana Nandaula, the Eastern Regional Police spokesperson, said the exercise was to crackdown on idlers, sex workers and thugs. She says the move stemmed from the recent alarming wave of burglary in the Municipality.

She says they have received more than 10 cases of burglary in Mbale Municipality in the last one week alone.

She explains that the cases are worrying the police and other security operatives adding that they will continue with the operation until early next year.

Nandaula says they fear that terrorists could take advantage of the many idlers in the Municipality to harm the country. She argues that Mbale lies at the border with Kenya and that it is easy for terrorists to take advantage and enter the country.

Uganda has been on terror alert since the Al Shabaab militants from Somalia attacked the country in July 2010, killing at least 79 people. The attacks at Kyaddondo Rugby Grounds at Lugogo and Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kabalagala, targeted soccer fans as they watched a 2010 World Cup final match.

Over the last three months, there have been reports of suspected terrorists entering the country.

Uganda is among five African countries with troops fighting the Al Shabaab in Somalia. The others are Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia.

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