10 terror suspects charged in Uganda over al-Shabab links, plotting to carry out attacks

Ugandan authorities have charged 10 Somali nationals with terror-related offenses following their arrest in a raid on a suspected al-Shabab cell in this East African country.

The men appeared in a Ugandan court on Wednesday, charged with belonging to a terrorist group as well as aiding terror activities.

Prosecutors say the suspects belong to the al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab.

Uganda, which has troops fighting al-Shabab in Somalia, has been on high alert amid concerns al-Shabab is plotting an attack similar to the deadly assault on a mall in Kenya a year ago.

In 2010 al-Shabab claimed responsibility for bomb attacks that killed at least 76 people watching a soccer World Cup final on giant screens in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.