Africa US embassy in Uganda warns of terror attacks

US embassy in Uganda warns of terror attacks

UPDF soldiers and police forces patrol streets in Kampala after the US embassy in Uganda warned of a 'specific threat' by an unknown group
UPDF soldiers and police forces patrol streets in Kampala after the US embassy in Uganda warned of a ‘specific threat’ by an unknown group

(AA) – The U.S. embassy in Uganda has warned, again, of possible terror attacks in the East African country.

“The U.S. embassy has received information of possible terrorist threats to locations where westerners, including U.S. citizens, congregate in Kampala, and that an attack may take place soon,” it said in a Thursday statement.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. mission has cancelled some non-essential events scheduled at local hotels in the coming days,” the statement added.

It urged U.S. citizens staying at or visiting hotels to expect increased security sweeps and delays when entering or exiting hotel areas.

It was not the first alert issued by the U.S. embassy in Uganda.

In 2014, the embassy issued a total of eight terror alerts warning of possible attacks in Kampala.

Last September, American and Ugandan security officials revealed that they had intercepted a shipment of explosive suicide vests sent by suspected Al-Shabaab militants, which led to the arrest of 19 people, all Somali citizens.

Currently, ten of the suspects are standing trial on terror-related charges, while the others have been released.

In 2010, as the world watched the World Cup finals, two bombs went off in Kampala, killing 76 people – an attack later claimed by Somali militant group Al- Shabaab.

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