Security staff at the entrances of hotels in Uganda are being asked to thoroughly screen women's bras after recent threats by terrorists to use "bra bombs," The New Vision newspaper said Thursday, quoting police officials."We don't always allow men to check women's breasts but we have now got reports that terrorists have devised bra bombs," the paper quoted a police counter terrorism expert, Lodovick Awita, as telling a security briefing with hotel owners on Wednesday.
"We appeal to women security personnel to thoroughly check women's bras," Awita said.
The appeal comes amidst a nationwide security alert recently issued by the chief of police who warned that Somali terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda were planning attacks in Uganda during the Christmas season.
Last July 11, Somalia's Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the twin blasts that rocked the Ugandan capital Kampala while crowds of people were watching the World Cup finals, killing 76 and injuring scores of others.
The group said it was punishing Uganda for sending soldiers under the African Union peace-keeping mission to guard the weak transitional government in the battered Somali capital Mogadishu.
Amid continuous terrorist threats, Uganda has embarked on a rigorous security program. Officials are urging the proprietors of public places including hotels, bars, hospitals, bus and car terminals, markets and shopping malls to deploy security guards and install bomb-detection machines at the entrances.