Terror attacks in Uganda threat to neighbours
On Tuesday, three people died when twin blasts rocked the busy heart of Uganda’s capital, Kampala, and dozens of people were injured.
This is the third time that bomb explosions have been reported in Uganda, which the police have linked to a regional terrorist group.
The Tuesday attacks happened barely 21 days after the last incident. On October 23, 2021, the group attacked a restaurant in a Kampala suburb and killed one person and injured seven others. Two days later, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives on a bus, killing only himself instantly.
The Ugandan Police Spokesman Fred Enanga said on Tuesday that the bombings were “suicide attacks” carried out by three assailants.
One blast took place outside Kampala’s Central Police Station and the other was near the parliamentary building. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the blasts and said three of its operatives who died in the attack were responsible.
The terrorist attacks in Uganda should be of concern to all East African countries, and leaders must work together to combat terrorism threats. Unlike South Sudan, the government of Kenya has already tightened its security.
The Kenyan police said, “Tuesday that security has been tightened and vigilance enhanced in the country after explosions rocked the Ugandan capital, Kampala.” The police in Kenya have already intensified operations across the country and along the border with Uganda to stop any terror attack.
The experience has shown that terrorist attacks are not limited to a specific area; they can extend their attacks beyond the territory, necessitating increased vigilance on the part of neighbouring countries.
There is the frequent movement of people and goods along the borders. For instance, there are cargo and passenger vehicles that travel all the way from Kampala to Juba on a daily basis. So, there is a need for a serious check on all the passengers and vehicles entering the country.
This calls for a need to strengthen security at the borders with Uganda as well as set up an anti-terrorist unit to combat any terror attack. This should not be misconstrued to mean calling for a fight against terrorism, but it is always important to plan not to become a target of terrorism.
It is time for the country to train its police forces and equip them with modern equipment and technologies to protect the citizens and their property from any terror attack.
However, we may pretend to remain silent and not talk about the act of terror for the fear that they may look at our faces, but when terrorists strike, however innocent you may be, they do not always have pity.
Think of the three innocent people who died in the bomb blasts in Kampala on Tuesday. In the same way, South Sudan is not the target of the terrorists in Uganda, but we do not wish to become the victims of the circumstances.
Most countries around the world, as far as Europe, have suffered the consequences of terror attacks by extremists despite their far-flung locations. The continued acts of terrorism in neighbouring Uganda should be of great concern in the region, especially to countries that share common borders with Uganda.