Queen Elizabeth narrowly escaped an assassination attempt while she was in Uganda last year.

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A group backed by terrorist organisation Al-Qa’eda had planned to kill the queen during her official visit to Uganda’s capital Kampala for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2007, but the plot was foiled by security services in Uganda.

Uganda’s Minister of Internal Affairs Dr Ruhakana Rugunda said: “We received information that a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), was planning to carry out terrorist activities at the Commonwealth meeting.

“The security services in Uganda neutralised these threats.”

The plot allegedly involved terrorists from the ADF – a group based in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri region – hiding inside two Ugandan Broadcasting Corporation vans and setting off bombs.

Queen Elizabeth was accompanied by husband Prince Phillip and son Prince Charles, as well as Charles’ wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, on the trip.

The CHOGM was attended by members of the 53-nation international organisation, which is mostly made up of British colonies, with the exceptions of the United Kingdom itself and Mozambique. Several suspects have now been arrested.

The ADF is one of a number of armed groups fiercely opposed to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s government.