U.S. Embassy in Uganda Warns of 'Specific' Terrorist Threat

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According to the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda, Ugandan police have passed along intelligence on a "specific" threat to the Entebbe International Airport, the main international airport in the country. In a statement, the embassy said the intelligence specified that the attack by an "unknown terrorist group" was planned to happen on July 3 between 9 and 11 p.m., local time (or between 2 and 4 p.m., EST). 

"Individuals planning travel through the airport this evening may want to review their plans in light of this information," the embassy warns.  There's not a ton of other information out there on this threat, beyond the embassy's short statement. Al Shabaab, the Somali militant group with links to al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for previous terrorist attacks in the country, as NBC News noted. 

Just a day ago, the Obama administration announced a series of increased security measures at some international airports offering direct flights to the US. As ABC News and Reuters reported, officials are concerned that al Qaeda affiliates based in Syria are developing bombs capable of sneaking through current airport security precautions.

However, it's not clear whether these advanced precautions have anything to do with the Uganda threat announced today. For one thing, the enhanced screenings, which will include increased swabbings of passenger property, aren't going to start until early next week. Officials told the Wall Street Journal that they don't believe the al Qaeda-linked threat prompting the new security measures has anything to do with the July 4th holiday in the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the Journal that his department wouldn't specify all of the new security measures, which will include "seen and unseen" procedures.

Also on Wednesday, the FBI disclosed that it had arrested a Colorado teen in April as she attempted to board a flight in Denver International, allegedly on her way to Syria to aid ISIS militants. Shannon Maureen Conley, 19, faces charges of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, according to the local Denver Fox affiliate. 

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