December 7, 2021

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Police says IS, ADF behind Kampala bombings, arrests financiers, collaborators

Police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga

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Uganda police has revealed that the attackers behind Kampala bombings are part of the sleeper cells in the country, inspired by ADF in close collaboration with the Islamic State.

“From our analysis they are attacking soft targets, which are many and quite difficult to defend,” said CP Enanga Fred, Police Spokesperson.

He said Tuesday that the attackers’ motive is clearly ideological and out of hatred by the ADF, that could be harboring plans of a bigger plot.

The group has been active, since August, 2021 and is strongly coordinated by one of the ADF Commanders based in the DRC, identified as Meddie Nkalubo aka Martin MD aka Benjo aka Benjamin Franklin aka Meddie Lee aka Punisher. 

He has been hiding in the DRC for the last 6 years.

He coordinated the terror incident in Pader district, targeting mourners at the burial of the late DIGP Lt. Gen. Paul Lokech, on the 27.08.202, but our task teams managed to foil that attack. 

Two members of the suspected group of terrorists, including an IED expert, Abdul Rashid Katumba, and a courier identified as Hassan Rwangabo, were arrested.

A third suspect identified as Nsubuga Hamid aka Young Midu, the would-be suicide bomber, escaped from Pader, but was surveilled and put out of action, in Kyebando, while on VIP assassination mission in Kampala on the 4.10.2021.

In addition, he coordinated failed attack on Kawempe police station, the deadly attack at Komamboga, where a 20-year-old, Nyinaneza Emily was killed and 3 others injured.

As well as the suicide bomb attack on SWIFT Bus that occurred on the 25.10.2021 at Lungala in Mpigi.

“We are in addition, tracking down several operators involved in money laundering and terrorist financing.”

So far two have been arrested and these include Abdulaham Waibi and Sanyu Nakitende, who have so far received USD114.000 and distributed it to their recipients on behalf of the ADF.

One of the recipients called Aisha Katushabe,  who received money to facilitate acts of terrorism, was arrested on the 25.10.2021, from Hoima district. 

Funding has also been channeled through selected petroleum companies and real estate dealers.

About US$400000 found its way through the petroleum companies.

During the same period, police rounded up 13 rebel collaborators, 11 of whom were part of the hostile rebel group of the Uganda Homeland Liberation Movement/Front (UHLM/F), that has been active since 2016. 

The arrested suspects include; Openjuru Howard, Openjuru John, Jaker James Micheal, Oburatum Juventino, Oweka Bob Patrick,Olinga Simon Peter, Okweny David and Ngabijalatho Peter. 

Other rebel collaborators include Mutumba Muhamud, Warom Felix and Bamusingire Robert. 

Police also arrested two suspected Mai-Mai rebels on the 8.10.2021, after they crossed into the country, through an ungazetted area. 

They include Bwambale Moses and Byakumbhagare James.

The UHLM/F rebel group was responsible for the attacks on the UPDF detach at Opit in 2016, on Gulu CPS in 2016, on the UPDF detach in Zombo in 2020, the attack on the UPDF detach at Koch in Nebbi on the 15.04.2021, the attack on the UPDF detach at Zeu, in Zombo on the 16.07.2021. 

They were successfully countered in all these attempts, by the UPDF.

“We want to assure Ugandans, that despite these cowardly acts of terrorism from existing sleeper cells inspired by the ADF, we remain committed with an unwavering resolve to protect Ugandans and visitors in the country.”

“We are using strategies under the national security contingency and response plan, and our decade of experience and capabilities, to counter all perpetrators of terror in our country.”

“We are also tracing for the person who disembarked from the bus, after the Maya checkpoint and will continue to work with our partners across the country, in our commitment to counter and disrupt terrorists, who seek to harm our country.”

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