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January 14, 2008
Plot to Kill the Queen Foiled
An al-Qaeda terrorist plot against the Queen of England was foiled last year at the Commonwealth Summit in Uganda, according to the Ugandan government:
AL Qaeda terrorists posing as TV crews planned to blow up the Queen by smuggling explosives into last year’s Commonwealth summit. The ADF is a radical Muslim group operating in western Uganda and has largely been neutralized by the Ugandan government. But they still claim some strongholds and have received assistance from al-Qaeda in the past.
Two huge outside broadcast vans belonging to the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation were seized after a tip-off from intelligence agents.
As a result, UBC was unable to transmit live pictures of key summit events, including the Queen’s historic address to the Ugandan parliament on November 22. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the Uganda Minister of Internal Affairs, said:
“We received information that a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda, the Allied Democratic Forces, was planning to carry out terrorist activities at the Commonwealth meeting. The security services in Uganda neutralised these threats.”
While the threat doesn't sound that serious, who knows? It didn't seem feasible that a couple of terrorists could hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings either. We dismiss these plots at our own peril.