Why Pakistanis have been detained for Al Shabab's Uganda bombings
Several Pakistanis are among those detained in connection with Al Shabab's Uganda bombings during the World Cup final on July 11. The Al Qaeda-linked Somali group claimed responsibility for its first terrorist attack outside Somalia.
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Kayihura said that people at that address had been on the radar of Ugandan security operatives prior to the e-mail being received. As of Monday, the Pakistani nationals remained in custody while Ugandan police cross-checked their records with other intelligence agencies and Interpol, a source close to the investigation said.Skip to next paragraph
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With no one yet charged over the attacks, however, Kayihura played down the significance of the detentions made so far, saying that it was still “too early to talk about any suspects being linked to the blasts.”
Four Ethiopian nationals arrested last week as part of the investigations had been released, he said.
A 'local network'
Ugandan officials have been quick to draw a link between Al Shabab and the Allied Democratic Forces, or ADF, a mainly Muslim Ugandan rebel force that has been battling the current Ugandan government from bases in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo off and on for over a decade.
Police chief Kayihura said that although there was undoubtedly a “strong foreign element” in the planning, inspiration, coordination and support for the attacks, those responsible must have also used “a local network” inside Uganda.
The Daily Monitor, a Ugandan newspaper, cited a high-level security source Monday as saying that Ethiopian intelligence had over the weekend passed on the name of a Somali national supposed to be the mastermind behind the attacks to Ugandan security.
As the Ugandan authorities step up the efforts to find those responsible for the attacks, investigators from around the world have jetted in to assist the investigations.
“Around 60” agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are currently in Uganda to work with local security forces on the bombings, says Joann Lockard, a spokeswoman for the United States Embassy in Kampala. Assistance is also being provided by Britain, Israel, and South Africa, police chief Kayihura said.
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