US warns of Burundi terror threat

2011-02-03 12:13

Bujumbura - The US embassy in Burundi on Wednesday warned its citizens in the central African country that terror organisations could carry out attacks in February.

A warning posted on the embassy website said regional terror groups, including Somalia's al-Qaeda-inspired Shabaab "remain actively interested in attacking US interests in Burundi".

"We are particularly concerned about the month of February," it said, without elaborating.

Burundi contributes almost half of the more than 8 000 African Union troops deployed in Mogadishu to prop up a weak pro-Western transitional federal government which the Shabaab have been trying to topple for two years.

The Shabaab claimed responsibility for suicide blasts in Kampala in July that left 76 people dead in the worse terror attack to strike the region since the 1998 al-Qaeda bombings against the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

Uganda forms the backbone of the AU force in Somalia and the Shabaab have repeatedly warned that Burundi would be the next target.