Uganda police shot dead five suspects and arrested 21 people on Thursday, an official said during an investigation into two suicide bombings alleged by the Islamic State group that killed four people.
Tuesday’s explosions were the last in a series of attacks in the East African country, which has tightened security and opened an investigation into the bombings, with President Yoweri Museveni vowing to defeat “the terrorists”.
The attacks in the capital, Kampala, came minutes one after the other, with two suicide bombers on motorcycles disguised as “Boda Boda” motorcycle taxi drivers detonating a device near Parliament while a third attacker entered a checkpoint near the central police station.
Ugandan police said the attacks were the work of “domestic terroir.” risten “affiliated with the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group active in eastern DRC that has linked the United States to ISIS.
On Thursday , counter terrorists in the west of the country “killed four suspected terrorists in Ntoroko who were returning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” police spokesman Fred Enanga said at a press conference.
A fifth man was attempted to escape nearby Killed the capital’s arrest, Enanga said, adding that Sheikh Abas Muhamed Kirevu was a local Islamic leader who was “responsible for resurrecting the terrorist cells in Kampala”.
He said the police were under of their raid 21 suspects arrested via the ADF, which also blames Kampala for two attacks last month.
The suspects “were activists, coordinators, financiers of terrorism activities”, f Enanga added.
Police arrested last month and number of suspected ADF agents and warned that extremists are likely to be planning a new attack on “large facilities”.
The arrests followed a bus explosion near Kampala that injured many people; and a bomb attack on a roadside restaurant in the capital that killed a woman.
Washington linked the ADF with ISIS in March who started alleging some ADF attacks on social media in 2019, portraying the group as its regional branch – the ISCAP province of the Islamic State in central Africa.
The ADF, historically a Ugandan rebel group , has been accused of murdering thousands of civilians in eastern DRC.
Kristof Titeca, an academic and expert on the group, said it was “increasingly clear that the ADF is turning its attention back to Uganda” .
He said it could related to “an increasing influence of jihadist elements within the ADF in recent years”.
Experts consider the ADF to be the bloodiest of the more than 120 armed groups roaming the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many of them a Legacy of two regional wars a quarter of a century ago.