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US warns citizens on East Africa terror

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th November 2009 03:00 AM

HE US Mission has sent an alert to American citizens living in Uganda, about a likely terror attack in East Africa.

HE US Mission has sent an alert to American citizens living in Uganda, about a likely terror attack in East Africa.

By Raymond Baguma

THE US Mission has sent an alert to American citizens living in Uganda, about a likely terror attack in East Africa.

In a November 2 statement, the embassy said: “Although the US Mission is not aware of specific threat information related to Uganda or US interests in Uganda, US citizens are reminded that a number of Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab operatives and other extremists are believed to be operating in and around East Africa.”

Al Shabaab, a Somalia-based terror group, recently vowed to attack Uganda and Burundi after the armies of the two states clashed with them through their peacekeeping contingents.

The embassy warned American citizens planning to travel to East Africa and those already in the region to review their plans and to remain vigilant about personal security.

“Terrorists do not distinguish between official and civilian targets. Increased security at official US facilities has led terrorists to seek “softer” targets such as hotels, beach resorts, landmarks and other prominent public places. Americans in remote areas or border regions where military or police presence is limited or non-existent could also become targets.”

However, army spokesperson Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye said the terror threat did not warrant cancellation of travel to Uganda.

US warns citizens on East Africa terror

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