November 28, 2023

Uganda: UK, US governments warn citizens over security threat

The British High Commission in Uganda has alerted its citizens of “a growing terror threat in Uganda, including targeting of foreigners”.

The warning follows a similar step by the US embassy in the country.

This warning comes on the heels of previous alerts from both the US and Chinese Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya. The US Embassy in Nairobi, in a statement dated October 13, 2023, expressed concerns that terrorists might target locations frequently visited by foreigners and tourists in the region.

“Locations frequented by US citizens and other foreigners and tourists in Nairobi and elsewhere in Kenya continue to be attractive targets to terrorists planning to conduct potentially imminent attacks,” the US Embassy warned.

The UK and the US diplomatic missions on Tuesday cautioned their citizens against attending large gatherings, including worship activities, including the popular Nyege Nyege festival on Thursday.

The UK government has also urged citizens not to visit the Semuliki and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, where a British and South African couple, as well as their Ugandan guide, were executed by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group last month.

Uganda has witnessed growing insecurity in recent weeks.

Security agencies thwarted two separate attacks by ADF on churches in September and October.

In June, ADF fighters killed 42 people at a school in western Uganda, in one of the country’s bloodiest ADF attacks.

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