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Uganda Foils Terrorist Attack

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Ugandan security forces have claimed to have foiled an imminent al-Shabab ‘terror’ attack inside the capital Kampala, as the US has warned its citizens to seek shelter amid anti-terror operations.

“Joint security agencies in Uganda have foiled a terrorist attempt at one of its installations… we have made arrests,” police spokesman, Fred Enanga, told the AFP news agency.

The US embassy said on Saturday that Ugandan security forces discovered an “al-Shabab terrorist cell,” planning an “imminent attack.”

“At this point we are not aware of specific targets, and the Ugandan authorities have increased security at key sites, including Entebbe international airport,” the embassy said in a statement.

“All US citizens are advised to stay at home or proceed to a safe location. Shelter-in-place and await further guidance,” it added.

On Monday, the US embassy warned of possible revenge attacks by Somalia’s al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab fighters, after a US airstrike killed the group’s leader, Ahmed Godane.

Under Godane’s leadership, al-Shabab established a foothold in most parts of Somalia and carried out attacks in Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti.

The US has said possible targets for attacks “could include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping malls, diplomatic missions, transportation hubs, religious institutions, government offices, or public transportation”.

During the 2010 World Cup final, twin bombings in Kampala killed 76 people after explosions ripped through two busy restaurants.

Al-Shabab claimed reponsibility for the blasts, citing Uganda’s decision to sent troops to Somalia as part of an African Union force.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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Donald Trump and wife, Melania Trump

President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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