The Regional Security Office is monitoring increased terrorist activity within the region. As reported in media outlets, recent events include the Uganda Police Force (UPF) foiling a planned bomb attack on churches by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Kampala; suspected ADF elements ambushing and igniting a commercial vehicle headed to a DRC border crossing point; Al-Qaeda releasing a statement calling for Muslims around the world to target Jewish people, US military bases, airports, and embassies in Muslim countries; and Ugandan security authorities intercepting explosives smuggled across the border with Tanzania.
Locations frequented by U.S. citizens and other foreigners and tourists in Kampala and elsewhere in Uganda continue to be attractive targets to terrorists planning to conduct attacks. Terrorist groups could attack with little or no warning, targeting places of worship, hotels, restaurants, malls and markets, schools, police stations, transportation hubs, and other places frequented by foreigners and tourists.
Actions to Take:
- Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/foreigners.
- Review your personal security plans.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Monitor local media for updates.
- Avoid protest areas and demonstrations.
- Avoid crowds.
- Keep a low profile.
U.S. Embassy Kampala
Plot 1577 Ggaba Road
U.S. Citizens emergencies ONLY: +(256)(0) 414-306-001 and +(256)(0)312-306-001
Department of State – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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