Westgate-style Attack: America Warns Its Citizens In Kampala

The U.S Embassy in Kampala has  issued a security warning to all American citizens that a Westgate-style attack may soon occur in Kampala.

Kenya Defence Forces soldiers take their position at the Westgate shopping centre on Tuesday..Picture: Noor Khamis/Reuters
Kenya Defence Forces soldiers take their position at the Westgate shopping centre. Picture: Noor Khamis/Reuters

Al Shabaab terrorists killed over 69 people and left over 172 injured at the Westgate mall in Kenya.

“We again take this opportunity to remind the community to exercise vigilance and to avoid public venues that attract large crowds,” reads the statement.

The statement further read that the US embassy in Kampala is sharing  information with the local security units.

Below is a full statement .

Possible Westgate-style Attack in Kampala

October 15, 2013 | U.S. Embassy Kampala, Uganda

The U.S. Embassy in Kampala continues to assess reports that a Westgate-style attack may soon occur in Kampala. 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.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uganda enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) <httpsss://step.state.gov> at www.Travel.State.Gov.

STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

You can stay in touch and get updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Kampala website. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where you can find the current Worldwide CautionTravel WarningsTravel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.

Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well, or you can download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Google playstore, to have travel information at your fingertips.

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or a regular toll line at-1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries.

These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy is located at Plot 1577 Ggaba Road. Contact information for the U.S. Embassy in Kampala is: phone number +256 (0) (414) 306 001 or +256 (0) (414) 259 791, fax +256 (0) (414) 258 451, and email [email protected].

1 thought on “Westgate-style Attack: America Warns Its Citizens In Kampala

  1. Dear Editor
    Warnings from these terrorists should NOT be taken lightly because on the number of occasions they come to be true, so this specific one calls for extra vigilance from the Wanaichi first, be extra alert at all your surroundings mostly at your places of work being a market, shopping malls, arcades, big buildings, ta…xi/special hire parks, schools, hospitals, churches, mosques, petrol stations, road round about etc. etc., report all the suspicious characters/objects DONT FEAR TO REPORT even if it turns not to be true but it should go on record that you have reported to the authorities. Utilize the toll free lines which our police had circulated

    To our security forces you need to intensify security on all the entry and exit points of the country DONT concentrate only on the eastern side of the boarder, because even the terrorists know that you know them they come from that side, so they can easy sneak through the southern side, south-western, western even northern, so we need to strengthen the boarder points. especially the small one because they know that you can easily detect them if they pass in major boarder points.

    I think at this point in time, we need to have a thoroughly scrutiny on all the foreigners in the country, look at they documents, are they genuine, what work are they doing? do they have valid work permits, those without and staying in the country illegally should be deported immediately. The Government should be firm on this and there should be NO fear or favor on any group. These routine exercises which are so common in western countries for purposes of security, peace and stability.

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