Uganda: 48 Arrested in Connection to Bomb Attacks
The Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence have detained 48 persons who are suspected of being part of the cell that set two bombs last week, killing two people.
The first Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated at a renowned pork restaurant in Komamboga, killing one female server on the spot, Emily Nyinaneza, and injuring three others.
A second IED detonated inside a Swift Bus near Lungala in Mpigi area, killing one person, Isaac Matovu alias Muzafaru.
JATT and CMI, aided by Crime Intelligence, the Internal Security Organization, and the Criminal Investigations Directorate, set out to find the organization responsible for the two bombs.
According to Fred Enanga, a police spokeswoman, the squad traced the movement using intelligence and successfully captured 48 people.
Enanga said that the suspects now held at different police stations were involved in the fabrication of the explosives, monitoring of the attack places, and others are suspected of assisting in the planting of the explosives.
Security continues to assert that Isaac Matovu, also known as Muzafaru, was a suicide bomber trained by the Allied Democratic Forces with Nsubuga Hamidu.
Muzafaru was the sole person killed in the Swift Bus explosion, and it has been alleged that he was carrying a suicide vest, which he detonated when his colleague departed at Maya on Masaka Road.
Nsubuga was assassinated last month on suspicion of following a prominent politician.
Muzafaru was reportedly on the joint security intelligence wanted list for terrorist acts. However, it is unclear how a guy on the red list escaped from Kireka and boarded a bus with his explosives.
However, security has refused to divulge how and where the 48 individuals were apprehended in seven days. Although JATT, CMI, ISO, CID, and CI claim ADF detonated the bombs, the Islamic State, a well-known worldwide terror organization, has claimed responsibility for the assaults.
According to the Islamic State, they tried their first assault on the Kawempe police station on October 8. However, police initially dismissed the IS claims as false. However, on the third media address, security verified that there was an attempted assault on the Kawempe police station, but it was unsuccessful.
The Uganda police force has confirmed that Israel has alerted Ugandan soldiers about the presence of suicide bombers. According to security, the majority of the bombers are between the ages of 17 and 23 when they were brainwashed.