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WCup terror threat lowers bar numbers Security warn rebels may attack

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 15, (AP): The World Cup opening match was showing on TV screens in the normally popular Nairobi bar, but it was only half full. At Freedom Park in Lagos, Nigeria, fewer than 50 people watched the action on a massive screen. Warnings by security experts that Islamic militants might attack crowds watching the World Cup in public places, as they did in 2010 in Uganda, appear to have kept many at home on the opening night of the World Cup.

The Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala, Uganda, was one of two spots attacked by al-Shabab militants during the 2010 World Cup final. The blasts killed 74 people. On Thursday night, as World Cup host Brazil played Croatia, the place was nearly empty. Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria have all been hit by Islamist militants — by al-Shabab in Uganda and Kenya and by Boko Haram in Nigeria. The US Embassy in Kenya this month warned citizens to “exercise caution” at venues with World Cup crowds. The British government warned that in Nigeria “terrorists have previously targeted places where football matches are being viewed.”

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