During a security crackdown following fatal suicide bombings on Tuesday, Ugandan police said they had arrested four Somalis for bringing a suspected explosive device to a resort that was hosting President Yoweri Museveni this week.
A week later, four people were killed in two bomb attacks in the capital Kampala, said police spokesman Fred Enanga, a detonator was discovered during a routine vehicle search in the nearby resort of Speke Munyonyo.
“The joint anti-terror security team has detained four Somali nationals, “he told AFP.
” We now have a duty … to track down the main component of the suspected explosive device, “he said.
That popular hotel that has welcomed heads of state in recent years is due to hold a ministerial meeting chaired by Museveni on Thursday Security was tightened after Uganda suffered a series of deadly attacks, including last week’s suicide bombings in Kampala alleged by the Islamic State (IS) group.
The attacks happened minutes after each other , with two suicide bombers on motorcycles disguised as “Boda Boda” motorcycle taxi drivers, detonated a device near Parliament while a third attacker targeted a checkpoint near the central police station.
Police arrested several suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) activists last month and warned that extremists are likely to be planning a new attack on “large facilities”.
The arrests followed a bus explosion near Kampala in which many people were injured and a bomb attack on a roadside restaurant in the capital, in which a woman was killed.
The ADF, historis ch a Ugandan rebel group has been accused of killing thousands of civilians in eastern DRC.
In 2019, ISIS began alleging some ADF attacks on social media and identified the group as its own regional branch – the ISCAP Province of the Islamic State in Central Africa.
In March, the United States officially joined the ADF with IST.