today's Pick
US warns of terrorist threat to Uganda churchesPublish Date: May 07, 2014
US warns of terrorist threat to Uganda churches
  • mail
  • img
A Catholic church in Hoima
newvision

KAMPALA - Churches in the Ugandan capital face a "specific terrorist threat", the US embassy has warned, amid a wave of attacks in east Africa blamed on Islamist insurgents.

"The threat information indicates a group of attackers may be preparing to strike places of worship in Kampala, particularly churches, including some that may be frequented by expatriates, in May or June," the embassy warned in a statement to US citizens Tuesday.

No specific group was mentioned in the warning, but Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents or their supporters have been blamed for a string of attacks, especially in neighbouring Kenya.

Both Uganda and Kenya are key contributors of troops to the African Union force fighting the Shebab in Somalia, and the Islamists have carried out major attacks in both countries in retaliation in the past.

In Kenya, two people were killed and dozens wounded in double bus bombings in the capital Nairobi on Sunday, a day after four were killed in twin attacks in the port city of Mombasa.

Shebab bombers killed at least 76 people in Uganda's capital Kampala in 2010.

Uganda set up a specialist tourism police force in March as part of counter-terrorism measures, amid warnings of Shebab attacks.

The United Nations has also warned of an increased threat of attacks from the Shebab following a major offensive launched against the militants in March.

RELATED ARTICLES

Police warns against terror attacks by ADF

Terror: Kampala on high alert

Uganda still on high terror alert

Uganda beefs up security after Kenya attacks

Uganda nabs top terror suspect


AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Judge warns government on impunity
THE head of the land division of the High Court, Justice Wilson Kwesiga, has warned government over impunity, saying the judges were writing ‘painful’ judgments...
Makerere University admits 21,000 students: Full list
Makerere University has released the list of students admitted under the private sponsorship programme....
NRM neutral on cultural institutions, says Museveni
Baleka bye basanidde okukola, nebakola byebatasanidde kukola, namazima tegali mubo (They left undone what they ought to have done and did that they ought not to have done and there is no truth in them)....
US firm to deliver HIV/AIDS services in Uganda
The US Government has contracted an American firm to implement HIV/AIDS programs in Uganda after terminating its partnership with the Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) for backing the anti-gay law....
FDC MPs refuse to contribute to party
The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) could be headed for a financial crisis, following some of its MPs’ refusal to remit funds to run party activities....
End of the Holy month of Ramadhan
The Director of Sharia Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Sheikh Hussein Rajab Kakooza has advised Muslims in Uganda to watch out for the moon during the evening of Sunday 27th July 2014, which will be the 29th day of the Holy month of Ramadhan....
Should voters be given poer to recall their MPs?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter