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Arans Tabaruka

By Arans Tabaruka

African Dossier-Kampala


Security bomb squads inspect the scenes of the bomb attacks. in Kampala.

The government of Uganda has extended sympathies to victims and families whose beloved ones perished in the double explosions in Kampala yesterday amidst the Islamic State claims of carrying out the twin bomb explosions.

Police in Kampala yesterday indicated that the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group active in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was behind the attacks on the city. The Islamist State based in Washington has however claimed responsibility for the attacks.

President Yoweri Museveni in a tweeted statement consoled innocent Ugandans perishing at the hands of the intolerant terrorists but pledged a rigorous effort to wipe them out.


“As I told the country before, by attacking Gen. Katumba, these terrorists, exposed themselves at a time when our security (anti-crime) infrastructure has improved, compared to what it was in 2018 when I made the speech to Parliament, they will therefore perish.

He added “Since the attack on Gen. Katumba, the following has been achieved: Seven (7) have been killed while resisting arrest; Eighty-one (81) have been arrested, and 3 have been killed by the bombs they were carrying. The 2 of today were, therefore, running away from being arrested”   Mr Museveni in a tweeted message to the State.

President Yoweri Museveni in tweeted message to the country after the bomb attacks in Kampala.

President Museveni called for public vigilance and warned the youth against being lured into insurgent activities.
“The real pigs are people like Nsubuga, the so-called Sheikh that confused young people at Lweza. If blowing oneself up will send one to Jaanaa, let him blow himself up as an example instead of manipulating young children.

The CMI/Police squads injured and captured the third terrorist in the area of Katooke, Bwaise with his bomb. He, later, died but gave us very good information before dying. His name is Musa Mudasiri.

The President also confirmed in a tweet “the bomber of CPS was by the names of Mansoor Uthman and one of the IGG offices is by the names of Wanjusi Abdallah. All these are part of the ADF group that attacked Gen. Katumba in June.

Three (3) IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) have been recovered including the one of today.

The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyahand the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Hon. Mathias Mpuuga both extended their deepest sympathies to the victims of the bomb explosions.

The Speaker in the tweet urged Ugandans to be their first line of defence against crime. The house was adjourned impromptu calling off business yesterday.

Hon. Mathias Mpuuga Leader of Opposition in Parliament in a tweeted sympathy to the affected people in the bomb attacks.

In an alternative government sympathy to the victims of the bomb attacks, the leader of opposition in parliament Hon. Mathias Mpuuga asked the government to ensure public confidence and avoid distortion of information and politicking.

He urged security operatives in the country to be coherent in sharing relevant information with the general public and in a timely manner.

African Union (AU) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat too condemned the twin bomb blasts in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, which left seven people dead including three suicide bombers. He said the Africa continent was capable of rising up against the notable crime against its people.

In April 2019, Islamic State (IS) began to claim some ADF attacks on social media, presenting the group as its regional branch, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP)

In March this year, the United States officially linked the ADF to IS.

The ADF is considered by experts to be the bloodiest of more than 120 armed groups that roam eastern DRC, many of them a legacy of two regional wars a quarter of a century ago.

Security has been tightened in and around the Kampala with patrols around major government installations.
Arans Tabaruka
Arans Tabaruka

Editor and Africa correspondent

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