US embassy in Uganda warns citizens to shelter during terror operation

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(SOURCE)   The US embassy in Uganda on Saturday told its citizens to seek shelter as Ugandan authorities carry out an operation against a “suspected terrorist cell” in the capital, Kampala.

Terror cell Uganda“All US citizens are advised to stay at home or proceed to a safe location,” the embassy said in a message posted on Twitter and on its website. “Ugandan authorities are conducting operations against a suspected terrorist cell in Kampala.”

As one of the countries that contributes forces to an African Union peacekeeping mission battling the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab in Somalia, Uganda has suffered militant attacks in recent years, and al-Shabaab has threatened more.

In 2010, al-Shabaab, which is aligned with al-Qaida, bombed sports bars in Uganda where people were watching the soccer World Cup on television.

The US embassy said Uganda faces a “continued threat” and has issued other alerts during the year about possible attacks.