Uganda alert after airport terror warning

KAMPALA - Ugandan police have stepped up security in the capital Kampala following a "specific threat" of a planned attack on its main international airport.

The airport security office said the attack - planned for Thursday evening - could not be "taken lightly".

The US advised its citizens to review plans to travel through Entebbe International Airport on Thursday.

Militant Islamist group al-Shabab bombed two restaurants in Kampala during the 2010 football World Cup.

More than 70 people were killed when suicide bombers targeted patrons watching football on TV.

"According to intelligence sources, there is a specific threat to attack Entebbe International Airport by an unknown terrorist group... Such a threat cannot be taken lightly," the airport's security unit said in a widely publicised document.

It said the attack was planned for Thursday, between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT.

Security forces have erected barriers and closed some roads in Kampala, about 32km (20 miles) from Entebbe, Uganda's Daily Monitor newspaper reports.

Several international conferences were taking place in the city and the security forces wanted to make sure that visitors were safe, Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Patrick Onyango is quoted as saying.

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