High alert in Uganda after terror plot foiled, US issues warning

High alert in Uganda after terror plot foiled, US issues warning (RT, Sep 13, 2014):

Hotels and public places have been closed in Kampala, Uganda, after local authorities said that they had uncovered a terrorist plot by a Somali militant group. The US embassy warned its nationals to stay indoors as the counter-terrorist action continues.

Ugandan authorities discovered a “terrorist cell” run by Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization closely connected with Al-Qaeda, in the country’s capital Kampala. The group is believed to have been planning an imminent attack.

The US embassy in Kampala, a city home to 1.2 million people, has stated that it is keeping in touch with Ugandan authorities as it attempts to define the final target of the terrorists.

Back in July, the Ugandan police warned the US of a “specific threat” of an attack on Entebbe International Airport, 35 km from Kampala.

We’re increasing patrols in the city, major towns and other vulnerable places,” Fred Enanga, a spokesman for Uganda Police, told journalists on Saturday.

At this point we are not aware of specific targets, and the Ugandan authorities have increased security at key sites, including Entebbe International Airport,” the US embassy also said in a statement on its website.

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