| 21 May 2024, Tuesday |

Uganda’s police detain 48 suspects linked to last month’s bombings

Ugandan police said on Monday that they had arrested 48 people in connection with last month’s deadly bombings, which were blamed on an Islamist group linked to the Islamic State.

On Oct. 23, an explosion at a restaurant in the capital killed one person and injured at least three others, while a suicide bomber in a bus injured a senior police officer two days later.

Police said in a statement that securities agencies “conducted several intelligence-led operations” that resulted in the arrest of 48 suspects “highly linked to terrorist acts in the country.”

The suspects detained included “single individuals, those operating in small cells that have been broken, and others engaged in various terrorist activities.”

Security personnel have blamed both attacks on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamic group allied with the Islamic State. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the restaurant bombing, but no group has claimed responsibility for the bus attack.

The ADF, which began as a local rebel group, has been operating in the dense forests of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, across the border with Uganda, for more than three decades. In 2014, the group began killing a large number of civilians.

It has publicly allied with the Islamic State, and Ugandan officials have blamed the group for a gun attack on a minister in June, as well as a series of killings of officials, including Muslim leaders and police officers.

  • Reuters