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The police force issued a red alert and recalled all its officers from leave after warnings that Shabaab is seeking to execute a Westgate-type attack in Uganda. A police spokesman said that "[o]ur intelligence and that of the Americans show an imminent terror attack is likely."
Ugandan authorities beefed up security after receiving warnings that Shabaab may try to execute a Westgate Mall-type attack in Kampala. The US Embassy in Kampala issued a warning on Oct. 15 about the plot. Ugandan police warned on Oct. 2 that wanted Shabaab terrorist Andreas Martin Mueller a.k.a. Ahmed Khaled traveled to Kampala from Limulu, Kenya on Oct. 1. Authorities had looked for Mueller, who is of German origin, when he entered the country in January 2012 along with another Shabaab operative, Emrah Erdogan a.k.a. Imraan Al-Kurdy a.k.a. Salahaddin Al-Kurdy; the two men went to Tanzania, where Erdogan was arrested.
A senior police official said that five Shabaab operatives who entered the country last month are still missing. The five "foreign fighters" are said to be involved in the 2010 suicide attacks in Kampala.
Uganda plans to pull its troops out of the UN-mandated force in Somalia after the UN accused Uganda of supporting the Congolese rebel group M23. Uganda currently supplies over a third of the UN's 17,600 troops in Somalia. Citing a need to focus on domestic security, Uganda will also withdraw its troops from the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Police released a photo of Muhamed Libani Hajji, a known Shabaab terrorist from Somalia. Hajji is thought to have entered Uganda to conduct attacks.
Police arrested five Pakistanis in an area where militants from the Shabaab-linked Allied Democratic Forces have been based. The suspects, who are thought to have ties to militants, had entered Uganda in the Ntoroko district, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo.