US warns of threat to Uganda Sudan flights

January 9, 2010 12:00 am

, KHARTOUM, Jan 9 – The US embassy in Sudan has warned American travelers of a "potential threat" to commercial flights between Uganda and South Sudan.

A warden\\\’s message published on Friday on the mission\\\’s website said the embassy "has received information indicating a desire by regional extremists to conduct a deadly attack onboard Air Uganda aircraft" between Kampala and Juba, South Sudan.

"While the capacity of these extremists to carry out such an attack is unknown, the threat is of sufficient seriousness that all American air travelers should be made aware. Air travelers on any airline and route should maintain vigilance at all times, and should report any suspicious behavior to the proper authorities."

The message gave no further details.

It also said the State Department "continues to warn against all travel to Sudan, particularly in the Darfur area, where violence involving government forces, rebel factions and various armed militias continues.

"American citizens who choose to travel to Sudan despite the existing Travel Warning, and those currently in Sudan, should review their security posture and take appropriate precautions."

As is routine, the message also encourages US citizens in Sudan to register with the embassy to "make it easier for the embassy or consulate to contact them in case of emergency."


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