Ugandan official warns of bioterror threat

At a pass-out ceremony for security officials, Abas Byakagaba, the Ugandan police counterterrorism squad boss, alerted security to the possibility of a biological or chemical terrorism attack on the country.
The speech was made to officials who completed a one week chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear awareness course at Protea Hotel in Kampala on Friday. Byakagaba warned that imminent attack would be extremely costly and that, as a result, they were not taking any chances, All Africa reports.
Byakagaba, who is also the assistant inspector general of police, said that the police would ensure that all acquired knowledge would be disseminated to all policemen to avoid such an attack.

he training session was conducted by officials from the United States as part of the Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program from the U.S. state department. The program, which was initiated in 1983, seeks to increase the ability of foreign law enforcement and security officials to counter terrorism.
Bayakagaba said that the biggest threat to Uganda was abandoned sources of nuclear substances lying among the public, according to All Africa.

Jerry P. Lanier, the U.S. ambassador to Uganda, said that the training was intended to increase the ability of security forces to respond to and mitigate the effects of nuclear incidents.
The country has been on alert since the July 11, 2010, twin bombings inflicted on football fans watching a World Cup final in Kampala, which killed 76 people and injured scores of others. Al Shabaab, a Somali militant group, claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying that they were revenge on Uganda's peacekeeping troops deployed in Somalia, China Daily reports.