| 19 June 2024, Wednesday |

Uganda detains man suspected of planning bomb attack on church

Ugandan police said on Sunday that they had captured a 28-year-old man who had entered a church in the capital Kampala with an explosive device he intended to use in an attack.

Police claimed they were looking for three more individuals who were thought to have been sent on similar bombing missions elsewhere in Uganda.

The motives were unclear, but the Islamic State (IS)-linked Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) has previously carried out deadly bomb attacks in Uganda.

ADF was originally a Ugandan rebel group but was routed more than two decades ago and fled into the jungles of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where it has since been based.

The detainee, named as Kintu Ibrahim, was detained as he was about to enter a Pentecostal church, Lubaga Miracle Centre, in the Lubaga suburb of south Kampala.

Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango told journalists security personnel had picked up intelligence about attacks planned on places of worship and that they had tracked Ibrahim.

“We got information that one terrorist had already been sent out to go and carry out a mission, so they followed the terrorist,” he said.

Onyango said the suspect had a bag with an improvised explosive device which police detonated safely. During interrogation, Onyango said, he confessed he had three accomplices who had also been sent to carry out similar attacks.

“He’s helping us locate those people,” Onyango said, adding that the suspect was being held on terrorism related charges.

  • Reuters