Downtown Kampala: avoid crowded places
They told people to avoid crowded public spaces. That is the height of absurdity, since no one knows when, where or how the Islamic jihadists will strike, and living in fear is a sign of surrender anyway. It shows that the jihadists have already achieved their objective of striking terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah, as they're commanded to do in the Qur'an (8:60). Better to die on one's feet than cower in terror in the shadows and hand that victory to the forces of evil.
"Americans warned of Kenya mall-style terror attack 'imminent' in Uganda," by Rohit Kachroo and Alexander Smith for NBC News, October 18 (thanks to Kenneth):
JOHANNESBURG -- The U.S. Embassy in Uganda on Friday warned Americans living in the country of an imminent attack similar to the deadly rampage in Kenya's Westgate shopping mall just weeks ago.
Americans in the capital Kampala were told to avoid crowded public spaces after the Ugandan government heightened its terror alert to maximum for the first time since al Shabaab bombings in 2010 which killed 79 people.
"Our intelligence and that of the Americans show an imminent terror attack is likely," Patrick Onyango told Reuters.
A statement from the U.S. Embassy in Kampala said that they were continuing to assess "reports that a Westgate-style attack may soon occur in Kampala."
The statement added: "Embassy officials are sharing all information with the Ugandan authorities. At this time, there is no further information on timing and/or location of this attack."
"The Embassy will continue to alert U.S. citizens to any credible, specific information about this and any other potential threats. We again take this opportunity to remind the community to exercise vigilance and to avoid public venues that attract large crowds."
The heightened alert was based on indications from the Ugandan government and U.S. intelligence sources. In response the Ugandan government has recalled security staff who were away on leave and deployed thousands of extra police across Kampala....