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ICC NOTE: As Europe and much of the western world continue to investigate and root out those responsible for the Paris terror attacks, Africa is conducting their own security improvements. Kenya and Uganda, both nations plagued by terror from the Somali group Al-Shabaab, have increased security surrounding shopping malls and churches in the hopes of staving off any potential terrorist activity. Kenya has experienced two major terror attacks as the Garissa University was targeted last April with 147 Christian students slaughtered. In 2013, the Westgate mall saw the deaths of 67 people as the Islamic terror group opened fire. Uganda experienced the violence of the radical Islamic group in 2010 when a cafe was bombed during the world cup final, killing 40. 

11/16/2015 Kenya/Uganda (BBC) – Kenyan and Ugandan security forces have stepped up patrols in the wake of the attacks on Paris.

Uganda’s army spokesman Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said that the “threat of terrorism is real”.

The head of Kenya’s police, Joseph Boinnet, echoed those comments on Twitter and called for the public to be alert.

Both Uganda and Kenya have experienced attacks by the Somalia-based militant Islamist group al-Shabab.

In April this year 147 people died when a university campus in the Kenyan town of Garissa was attacked.

That followed the September 2013 attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, in which 67 people were killed.

 

In July 2010, more than 70 people died in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, when a bar and restaurant were bombed as people were watching the World Cup final.

In Nairobi on Sunday there were more police officers outside churches and shopping malls, reports Kenya’s Standard newspaper.

Correspondents say increased concern amongst members of the public is evident.

Uganda’s police spokesman Fred Enanga told journalists on Sunday that police have “heightened [the] level of alertness” and that they are working with the military “to ensure that all Ugandans and visitors are safe”.

Kenyan and Ugandan soldiers are part of an African Union force in Somalia which is helping the government battle al-Shabab.

Kenya’s Defence Minster Raychelle Omamo expressed solidarity with the people of France.

“What is important is that we continue to work hard to eliminate this threat, to continue to work as a collective to further the cause of peace, stability of good will and of freedom in our countries,” she told the BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

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