The Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce (JATT) has detonated four bombs allegedly left behind by terror suspects linked to Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

.The Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were detonated on Saturday following a tip-off from residents of Kwata zone, Komamboga, a suburb of Kampala who became suspicious after seeing unknown persons in their neighbourhood with strange packages in polythene bags. 

As the idiom goes ‘once beaten, twice shy’ the residents became more vigilant after an incident on October 24, 2021, in which a bomb exploded in their neighbourhood killing one person and injuring three others.

Following the tip-off, the Police also alerted intelligence agencies which had already collected information from three earlier arrested suspects that their colleagues had arrived in Kampala and were planning to strike any time. 

In the aftermath, intelligence and violent crime agencies surrounded Kwata zone and recovered three bombs in metallic form and one other which was built in a plastic bucket. However, the security forces did not find the terror suspects.

According to Brig Felix Kulayigye, the Defence Public Information Officer (DPIO) a hunt for them is underway. Kulayigye extolled locals for their inquisitiveness which made them alert security forces in time. Security suspects the terrorists were planning to strike four yet-to-be-identified places.

“We have always told you to be suspicious of unknown people coming to rent houses. A case is here, people came looking for the house and it was given to them after they paid the money without any questions. People saw suspicious packages in buveera (polythene bags) being brought in,” Kulayigye said.

Brig Gen Kulayigye said the trio already in custody have named Med Nsubuga alias Nkalubo or Punisher who is currently hiding in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and often moves to South Africa. 

Those in custody include Augustine Kalanzi, who was arrested from Masaka, Suleiman Nsubuga, who was arrested from Busia and Swaleh Abubakar who was arrested from Zambia.

“We shall arrest Nkalubo or have him killed any time because we are hunting for him. We ask our people to be very vigilant as security forces also continue to hunt the remaining cells in other parts of Uganda,” Brig Gen Kulayigye said.


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