By Spy Uganda
A joint operation of the police and other security agencies are holding a suspected leader in the rebel Allied Democratic Front group, Mansur Musinguzi, and 6 other suspected ADF accomplices.
The suspects were picked up in Nabala village in Butaleja district, along with men, women, youth, and children.
North Bukedi Police spokesperson Moses Mugwe says the suspects were planning an ADF cell in the area. The suspects are currently detained at Butaleja CPS.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga last year said the counter-terrorism agencies had foiled about 150 terror attacks on Uganda, but warned that the terrorists were not easy to uproot because of their ideological leaning in religion, and active recruitment of Ugandans, including children and women, into its ranks.
In a November 20 televised address, President Yoweri Museveni confirmed the same and defended the killing of the suspects, including Muslim cleric Sheikh Muhamad Kirevu, who he said was part of a terrorist network that carried out a series of attacks in Uganda since the June 1 assassination attempt on Works and Transport Minister, Gen Katumba Wamala.
The US is Uganda’s longtime counter-terrorism partner, but throughout these attacks, it has not raised the terror antennas to warn Uganda government but only issued security alerts after the explosions.
In its last terrorist assessment threat for Uganda, the US State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism noted that there had been no attack since 2019 but raised the antenna on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) activities in eastern Congo, from where the group could extend attacks to Uganda.
After the 2010 twin bombs that al-Shabaab claimed, which killed 79 people in Kampala during the screening of the World Cup final, the US Federal Bureau of Investigations and Uganda security agencies started to collaborate on terror alerts, information sharing, training, and investigations.
The group behind the attacks is the ADF, Ugandan rebel force of Salafi-jihadist elements; it emerged in the 1990s, supported by radical elements in Sudan to carry out terrorist attacks inside Uganda, but has maintained bases in eastern Congo.
In March 2021, the US Department of State designated the ADF Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – Democratic Republic of Congo but ISIS itself only came to reference ADF as its Central Africa Province unit in April, according to the Centre for Strategic International Studies.