British Queen Targetted By Terrorists
British monarch Queen Elizabeth II narrowly avoided an assassination attempt by Al Qaeda terrorists at the Commonwealth summit last year (07), after authorities in Uganda foiled a plot to bomb the meeting of international leaders. Security services in the African country seized two large broadcasting vans belonging to the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation after receiving a tip-off from intelligence agents about the planned attack - by terrorists posing as TV crews - shortly before the Queen was due to address the Ugandan parliament on 22 November. But Ugandan authorities are refusing to reveal further details about the terrorists' intentions. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the country's Minister of Internal Affairs, says, "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. "A number of suspects have been arrested but I cannot comment on the specifics of this case. What I can say is that... in the end, the summit was incident free and Uganda was happy to receive such distinguished guests, led by Her Majesty the Queen." British royals Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, were also in attendance at the event. A spokesperson for the Queen's official London residence, Buckingham Palace, refused to comment on the reports.