Uganda’s main airport is under a major terror alert today after the U.S. embassy in Kampala warned of a ‘specific threat’ by an unknown group.
The alert came as travellers flying to the U.S. from Europe and the Middle East faced tighter security because of new concerns about the development of explosives that could circumvent airport security.
‘The US embassy has received information from the Uganda police force that according to intelligence sources there is a specific threat to attack Entebbe International Airport by an unknown terrorist group today, July 3rd, between the hours of 9pm and 11pm (6pm GMT to 8pm GMT),’ the statement said.
Although it did not name any group, Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents have claimed recent attacks in Kenya and Djibouti, and at home in Somalia.
Uganda has troops in Somalia as part of the African Union force fighting the Shebab and is on high alert amid fears of attacks by the Islamist militants.
Army spokesman Paddy Ankunda said troops had been deployed at the airport and in the capital, some 20 miles from Entebbe.