Uganda’s security forces have arrested 21 people after foiling a planned attack by the Somali radical Islamist group al-Shabaab in Kampala over the weekend, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

wpid-Security20forces20are20conducting20a.jpgAll the detainees are of Somali origin. The police swoop focused on Mengo-Kisenyi, a densely populated Kampala suburb with a sizeable Somali community.

“The suspected terrorists are being interrogated. The operation is still going on,” spokesman Fred Enanga told dpa.

The US embassy had warned that al-Shabaab militants were about to strike targets in Uganda, which has contributed hundreds of troops to an African Union force fighting the group in Somalia.

The Ugandan state-owned newspaper New Vision said police found a vehicle with powerful explosives that were to be used in the attack.

Arrests have been made gradually, bringing the total to 21 by Wednesday.

Police have announced more security measures at all public places in Kampala and elsewhere.

An attack by al-Shabaab killed 74 people watching the football World Cup in Kampala in 2010.

Earlier this month, al-Shabaab vowed revenge for the killing of its leader, Ahmed Godane, in a US airstrike in Somalia.

Al-Shabaab seeks to establish an Islamic state in Somalia, and has had an alliance with al-Qaeda since 2012.


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