18 women, 94 kids rescued in Usafi mosque raid

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UPDF spokesperson Karemire, Gen Jeje Odongo were present at the press conference

A joint operation of police and sister security agencies early Saturday morning raided Usafi mosque in Kisenyi and rescued several people from kidnappers.

Hon. Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon. Jeje Odongo flanked by the Spokesperson UPDF and Ministry of Defence and PRO Uganda Police Force have addressed the media on the joint security operation.

He said 18 women and 94 children rescued and 36 suspects arrested.

In the operation, two suspects were killed as they attacked and severely injured one of our security officers.

Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, said a sizeable number of suspects involved in acts of terrorism and radicalization were arrested.

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In the operation, two of the armed suspects were shot dead as they attacked the officers in the operation.

He said the security forces have continued to investigate and make follow up leads to incidents of crime that have occurred especially in areas of Greater Masaka and Kampala.

In the process of the arrest a number of children and women suspected to either having been kidnapped or held hostage were rescued, Kayima explained.

This took place last night, April 27th, 2018. Police is making arrangements to hand over the rescued children and women to their relatives.

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“A number of weapons used in committing these heinous crimes have been seized. These include 60 rounds of 7.62MM ammunition, 1 bow and arrows, 23 double edged pangas and 1 laptop.”

He added: “2We are making arrangements to handover the women and children, in the meantime, the Child and Protection unit of the Police will take care of them.”

He said the 36 suspects arrested are under Police custody and will soon record statements for prosecution purposes.

The security agencies are working jointly to ensure safety and security for all.

“We guarantee that justice will be done. The security forces take exception of the fact that such place of worship could be used under the cover of sanctity and freedom of worship to plan and execute crime.”

He added: “Therefore, the mosque will continue to be secured and restricted. We call upon the general public to keep calm as security agencies continue to secure the country in the fight against crime.”

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