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Luweero Police Clears Pakistani National on Terrorism Charges

Police in Luweero have finally cleared a Pakistani national who has been under investigation over suspicions he could be linked to terrorists groups that want to attack Uganda.

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Police in Luweero has finally cleared a Pakistani national who has been under investigation over suspicions he could be linked to terrorists groups that want to attack Uganda.

 

Islam Bhatti (30) a Pakistan national, was picked up by police on Thursday last week after residents became suspicious of his movements at Bukenya Foundation Hall in Luweero Town Council.

 

The Luweero District Police Commander Godfrey Ninsiima says residents had heard reports that police was searching for a terrorist who had sneaked into the country identified as Mueller Ahmed Khaled. Mueller is thought to be affiliated to the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.

 

Police alleges that Mueller Ahmed Khaled, entered the country on 1st October 2013 and travelled to Kampala aboard a Kaliita bus, Reg. NO. KBF 057N.

 

Ninsiima says Bhatti was picked by up police as he attempted to enter St Cyprian Shavanod Secondary School with sports equipment in wrapped in polythene bags. Residents were afraid he might be concealing explosives. 

 

A week of investigations revealed convinced police that Bhatti did not have any links with terrorist groups. Bhatti had entered Uganda lawfully through Entebbe Airport in June 2012.

 

Ninsiima says that Bhatti is also resides legally in Kansanga suburb in Makindye. He is a marketing officer at Atta-Sports Center in Kampala City.

 

He adds that he is a registered refugee number 470-00019488 which was issued to him on 14th December 2012. Ninsiima says that police has cleared him and dropped charges on Thursday but hailed residents for being vigilant about security.

 

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Residents, however, remain dissatisfied with security measures in public places in Luweero.

 

The Luweero town council LC 3 Chairperson Charles Ssebyala says only banks have upgraded their security system with metal detectors.

 

Ssebyala says many other equally vulnerable public places like bars and hotels continue to operate with an open-door policy with minimal security checks.

 

 Jane Namusisi, a resident in Kavule, feels Luweero could be especially targeted because of the historical value it holds for the current government. Luweero was one of the main bases for the National Resistance Army (NRA), then rebels, during the 1981-1986 Bush War.

 

Uganda suffered twin bombing strikes in July 2010 allegedly carried out by Al-Shabaab terrorists. The bombs, which killed over 74 people, targeted crowds that were watching the World Cup finals in Kabalagala and Lugogo.

 

Recently the terPolice in Luweero have finally cleared a Pakistani national who has been under investigation over suspicions he could be linked to terrorists groups that want to attack Uganda.

Islam Bhatti (30) a Pakistan national, was picked up by police on Thursday last week after residents became suspicious of his movements at Bukenya Foundation Hall in Luweero Town Council.

The Luweero District Police Commander Godfrey Ninsiima says residents had heard reports that police was searching for a terrorist who had sneaked into the country identified as Mueller Ahmed Khaled. Mueller is thought to be affiliated to the terrorist group Al-Shabaab. 

Police alleges that Mueller Ahmed Khaled, entered the country on 1st October 2013 and travelled to Kampala aboard a Kaliita bus, Reg. NO. KBF 057N. 

Ninsiima says Bhatti was picked by up police as he attempted to enter St Cyprian Shavanod Secondary School with sports equipment in wrapped in polythene bags. Residents were afraid he might be concealing explosives.  

A week of investigations revealed convinced police that Bhatti did not have any links with terrorist groups. Bhatti had entered Uganda lawfully through Entebbe Airport in June 2012. 

Ninsiima says that Bhatti is also resides legally in Kansanga suburb in Makindye. He is a marketing officer at Atta-Sports Center in Kampala City.

He adds that he is a registered refugee number 470-00019488 which was issued to him on 14th December 2012. Ninsiima says that police has cleared him and dropped charges on Thursday but hailed residents for being vigilant about security.

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  Cue out;……we handle such.’’//

Residents, however, remain dissatisfied with security measures in public places in Luweero. 

The Luweero town council LC 3 Chairperson Charles Ssebyala says only banks have upgraded their security system with metal detectors. 

Ssebyala says many other equally vulnerable public places like bars and hotels continue to operate with an open-door policy with minimal security checks. 

 Jane Namusisi, a resident in Kavule, feels Luweero could be especially targeted because of the historical value it holds for the current government. Luweero was one of the main bases for the National Resistance Army (NRA), then rebels, during the 1981-1986 Bush War. 

Uganda suffered twin bombing strikes in July 2010 allegedly carried out by Al-Shabaab terrorists. The bombs, which killed over 74 people, targeted crowds that were watching the World Cup finals in Kabalagala and Lugogo. 

Recently the terrorist group also attacked Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya leaving close to 70 dead and dozens injured. The Al Shabaab in both attacks demanded for withdrawal of foreign forces from Somalia. 

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