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UPDF on High Alert at Uganda-S.sudan Border After Kampala Bombing

The fifth Infantry Division Commander Brig. William Bainomugisha told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that they have increased vigilance and operations at the South Sudan border points following Tuesday’s terror acts.
UPDF soldiers and police officers man security recently in Kitgum Municipality.

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Uganda People’s Defence Forces-UPDF have heightened security surveillance at the border points in Lamwo District near the volatile South Sudan. 

The move comes in the wake of two separate suicide bombings in the country’s capital Kampala on Tuesday that left at least seven people dead while 33 others, mostly police officers, sustained injuries.

A Terrorist group, the Islamic State-ISIS claimed responsibility for the deadly twin bombing; one at the IPS building near parliament and the other at the quarter guard of the Central Police Station.

The fifth Infantry Division Commander Brig. William Bainomugisha told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that they have increased vigilance and operations at the South Sudan border points following Tuesday’s terror acts. 

Lamwo District has four designated border points of Waligo, Ngomoromo, Aweno Olwi and Apiriti, all bordering South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state. It’s borders stretch for about 160 kilometers with South Sudan and have over the years been a point of security concern due to the numerous porous points that has aided entry and exit of armed rustlers and wrong elements into Uganda. 

Early this month, a UPDF soldier, Private Alfred Ocitti, 27, attached to Lamwo Battalion’s Bana Bana Barracks was attacked by suspected armed South Sudan rustlers in an ambush in Lawiye oduny Parish, Madi-opei Sub County.

Brig. Bainomugisha says that due to the terror threats in the country, additional UPDF soldiers have been deployed along the designated and porous border points to avert any threats into the country. 

He says rigorous checks for any materials that could be of threat to security are being conducted at all the designated border points adding that surveillance is also being conducted with the communities.

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Brig Bainomugisha says that they are liaising with security personnel at the national level on the current situation and urged locals to remain vigilant.

William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner on the other hand noted that they have also heightened security surveillance within the Municipality to ensure safety of the residents. 

He however cautioned people particularly those in busy places like markets, taxi, and bus parks to watch out for their safety by reporting suspicious activities and routinely checking passengers’ luggage.

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