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US Warns of Terrorist Attack on Ugandan Airport

Satellite map of Entebbe airport
Satellite map of Entebbe airport
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The U.S. embassy in Uganda warned of a possible terrorist attack on Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.

The embassy said on its website that, according to intelligence sources, there is a "specific threat" that an unknown terrorist group will attack the airport  Thursday, July 3, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 11 p.m (1800 GMT and 2000 GMT).

The deadline passed without incident.

The embassy said it received information on the threat from the Uganda Police Force.

In an interview with VOA's English to Africa service, Uganda's inspector general of police, Kale Kayihura, said he gave no such warning to the embassy but said police have taken "extra measures" to protect the airport. He added that the airport is safe.

"As I talk now, Entebbe airport is very secure, the planes are coming in and out as normal, and there should be no alarm," he told VOA.

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The embassy warned people planning to travel through the airport that they may want to review their plans in light of the information.

Ugandan police have issued several terror alerts recently, warning that the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabab may be plotting a major attack on Ugandan territory.

The al-Qaida linked al-Shabab insurgents have claimed recent attacks in Kenya and Djibouti, and at home in Somalia.

Army spokesman Paddy Ankunda said troops had been deployed at the airport and in the capital, some 35 kilometers (20 miles) from Entebbe, the French news agency AFP reported.

Al-Qaida threat

Earlier, Obama administration officials said the U.S. plans to boost security at some foreign airports amid concerns that al-Qaida may be developing new bombs that could be smuggled onto an airplane.

U.S. Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson said the United States is increasing security at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the U.S. He gave no information on what prompted the latest move or which airports are involved.

On Thursday, the Associated Press cited U.S. counterterrorism officials as saying experts are concerned about a new al-Qaida effort to create a bomb that could be smuggled through security checks at airports.

AFP reported that the increased security focused on airports in the Middle East and Europe. It cited an unnamed official at the Department of Homeland Security.

British airports also stepped up security measures after the announcement from the United States.

Johnson said Wednesday his department continually assesses the global threat environment and reevaluates measures to promote airport security.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.

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by: Ddungu Musa Evans from: New Zealand
July 04, 2014 12:21 AM
Ali Baba, it seems you do not know what you are talking about, Are you trying to say that all those innocent people being killed in Egypt and South Sudan are terrorist? Do you really Understand what is freedom of speech, Have you tried to follow what the bloody Egyptian army and police doing to its people. its mass murder in pretense of crushing the terrorist. l just try to remember that New Zealand leaders are different, they respect freedom of speech and that is why its one of the best and peaceful country in the world. You cannot compare it to Egyptian leaders.

by: Ddungu Musa Evans from: New Zealand
July 03, 2014 3:15 PM
Ali Baba. Don't say rubbish .tell us what kind of good job has those bloody thirst Egyptisns Army General done? Maybe you are talking about their oppression, haraśsing and high record of human rights abuses and killings of innocent people. Its so baf that America and their wrstrrn allies continue supporting those bloody Egyptian Leaders while busy killing innocent people in the pretense of cracking Terrorism.
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by: ali baba from: new york
July 03, 2014 6:03 PM
What about Muslim brotherhood? Are you convincing me that Muslim brotherhood are non violent loving peaceful people? the fact that Muslim brotherhood are violent people. they are not democratic . they are not looking for freedom. LOOK at their records of human right abuse. Look how they treat woman and minority. you are a Muslim and living in New Zealand . If New Zealand treat you as Muslim brotherhood treat Christian,,New Zealand will kick out of new Zealand. Believe it or not the western country understand the mentality of Muslim extremist like Muslim brotherhood ,Boko,harm .IsIl .all of these terrorist organization are bloody people and soon they will be out of business with the name of our lord

by: Ali baba from: New York
July 03, 2014 9:04 AM
United state is not the only country to fight terrorism. Every country has to clean its population from these thugs. Egypt has done a great job to eliminate Muslim brotherhood. Nigeria has done very lousy job. Each country know the nature of its people . Each country has to tough for these people whom are very coward and always attack week people. they attack the village's in Sudan which people have no arm to defend themselves. similar in Nigeria. In other countries which have tight security, they place a bomb in a car because they are acting like a woman whom can not confront her enemy.

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