The United States Embassy in Kampala has issued an alert to US citizens in Uganda advising them to be on guard saying it has received information “regarding a specific terrorist threat in Kampala”
According to a security message issued on Tuesday, the Embassy says “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”
U.S. citizens have been cautioned to exercise judgment when deciding whether to visit places of worship and other crowded public places and/or events that are potential targets to terrorists, and to avoid such places during May and June.
In addition, citizens have been advised to remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.
It should be recalled that in 2010, Somali islamist group Al-Shabaab suicide bombers hit Kampala on July 11, 2010 killing 74 people watching the World Cup final at two different venues.
The bombs went off simultaneously on July 11th 2010 at Kyadondo rugby grounds along Jinja road and the Ethiopian Village restaurant in Kabalagala.
The US Embassy warning comes days after the Deputy Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango said they were monitoring the situation in neighboring Kenya following a spate of bomb attacks.
On Sunday, three people were killed and at least 62 others wounded in two explosions on passenger buses in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
The day before, a grenade was thrown in a bus in the coastal city of Mombasa leaving four people dead and another 15 wounded. The bus had just travelled from Nairobi.