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U.S. Embassy in Uganda Warns of 'Specific' Threat to Entebbe Airport

The warning came from Ugandan police and said there was a plot to attack an airport during a two-hour period.

American citizens living in Uganda were warned by their embassy Thursday of a "specific threat" from a terrorist group to target a major airport. The U.S. Embassy in Uganda's capital of Kampala said it had received intelligence from Ugandan police that an unknown group was planning to attack Entebbe International Airport between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time Thursday (2 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET). "Individuals planning travel through the airport this evening may want to review their plans in light of this information," a security alert from the embassy said.

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It reminded Americans in Uganda of the "continued threat of potential terrorist attacks" against hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and diplomatic missions. The warning comes as the Obama administration calls for increased security at airports in Europe and the Mideast in response to fears that terrorists could be developing more sophisticated techniques. Thursday's warning did not name a specific group, but Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for previous attacks in the region.

- Alexander Smith