Police Warns Soccer Fans of Al Shabaab Attacks

Al-Shabab Threatens to Strike Again
Police in Kampala have today warned soccer fans that Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents could attack them while they watch Saturday's Champions League final.

Byakagaba referred to the final Europeans champion’s league finals between Manchester United and Barcelona.

Abbas Byakagaba, the director of the police anti terrorism unit, told a news conference in Kampala that the al Qaeda-affiliated insurgents could also strike on June 3, the Martyrs' Day public holiday. He said that the insurgents are targeting the two events.

Byakagaba said police have received intelligence information indicating that an unspecified number of al Shaabaab operatives had entered the country and were planning to launch attacks on crowded areas and big events.

Al Shabaab, which has waged an insurgency against Somalia's Western-backed government, claimed responsibility for the bombings in Kampala while fans watched last year's World Cup final on television, killing 79.

The Somali insurgents have in the past issued warnings of possible strikes in Uganda to force the withdrawal of Ugandan peacekeeping troops deployed in Somalia. Uganda has a contingent of peacekeeper deployed as part of an African Union mission (AMISOM).

# # #