Kampala - Uganda, which like Kenya has
sent troops to fight Islamist militants in Somalia, said on Monday it
had stepped up security after a raid by Somali-linked gunmen on a Kenyan
shopping mall that killed at least 68 people.
The last big attack by Somalia's al Shabaab gunmen, which has claimed
responsibility for the Nairobi attack, was a double bombing in Uganda
in 2010, targeting people watching the soccer World Cup final on
television in Kampala, killing 77 people.
"We have generally stepped up security across the board in terms of
streamlining border security so that we plug all the loopholes at entry
points that could be potentially exploited by these characters," said
Ugandan Army Spokesman, Lt.-Col., Paddy Ankunda.
There was no obvious sign of heightened security at two of the
capital's main shopping malls, beyond the usual check by private
"We have strengthened our cooperation with our neighbouring countries
in intelligence sharing and all other ways in which we can collaborate
to defeat these terrorists," Ankunda added.