PHOTOS: Security agencies ensure pilgrims’ safety amidst overwhelming turnout at Martyrs Day Celebrations

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In an impressive display of their commitment to public safety, the police and other security agencies showcased their role in safeguarding the pilgrims during the Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations held in Namugongo and the surrounding areas.

Over the past two weeks, law enforcement personnel have established camps in and around the Catholic and Anglican Shrines. However, the last three days witnessed an extraordinary surge in pilgrim numbers, placing an immense workload on the security forces.

From the Nalya By Pass Roundabout, Kireka, Kyaliwajjala, and Kira, a significant deployment of uniformed men and women was observed, ensuring a strong security presence.

At both the Catholic and Anglican shrines, extensive security measures were in place, including the deployment of security officers and a range of equipment such as anti-riot vehicles and surveillance cameras. Counter-terrorism vehicles were strategically positioned at all entrances to the shrines.

Counter Terrorism officer keenly screening through the crowds.

To maintain a high level of security, thorough check-ups were conducted on all pilgrims, resulting in the confiscation of sharp objects such as forks, mirrors, and pens. The K9 Unit played a vital role, with their dogs meticulously sniffing out any potential threats.

Counter Terrorism officers checking pilgrims.

Over 50 suspects involved in various petty crimes, particularly pickpocketing, have been apprehended and are awaiting screening.

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