Kampala Hangouts Terror Alert Fake - Kayihura

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Kayihura said the alert could be the working of terror groups to cause panic in the population or to divert attention from their real motive.

A terror alert that has been circulating on social media indicating possible attacks on six major Kampala hangouts is fake, the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has said.

Kayihura said the alert could be the working of terror groups to cause panic in the population or to divert attention from their real motive.

The alert indicated that Police had discovered a list of night spots within the city that were targeted for attacks between today, Friday April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2015.  The alert that has been circulating on twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, listed six places in Kabalagala, Munyonyo, Kololo and Naguru that were targeted.

Kayihura said police did not issue the alert.

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This is the second time that a fake terror alert has been circulated on social media in a period of two weeks. Last week, a terror alert attributed to the American, Australian and the UK Embassies on possible attacks on universities was circulated.

These however came less than a month after the Embassy of the United States in Uganda said it had information of "possible terrorist threats" to locations frequented by Westerners in Kampala. The warning was posted on its website.

Police deputy spokesperson Polly Namaye said all genuine terror alerts from intelligence organs or other countries are circulated through traditional media.

Uganda is one of the countries that contributed forces to an African Union peacekeeping mission battling the Islamist militant group al Shabaab in Somalia.

The group attacked and killed 147 people Garrisa University in Kenya on April 2nd. Of the fatalities, 142 were students at the university, and the rest were security forces and campus security.