By Ivan Mwine
International terrorist group Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the two explosions that rocked Kamapala on Tuesday, leaving six people dead and 33 others severely injured.
According to preliminary police investigations, the dead include three suicide bombers and three Ugandans who died in the bomb blasts that occurred outside Central Police Station (CPS) and at Jubilee Insurance House along Parliamentary Avenue respectively.
Although the police had earlier on blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels for the terrorist act, Islamic State have since sent out messages through their social media platforms claiming to have masterminded the attack.
This was confirmed by international media house AFP, which wrote thus;
“The police earlier blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo blamed for a string of recent attacks in Uganda and which Washington has linked to IS.
It should however be noted that the same terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks at Digida Pork Joint in Komamboga, Kampala suburb, which left one person dead and several injured, although the police had still blamed the attack on the ADF.
Meanwhile, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has since issued a statement condemning the attacks and vowed to bring all the attackers to book.
Here below is President Museveni’s statement verbatim;
“To the Ugandans, especially the Bazzukulu.
Today at 10:00hours, some pigs (in reality manipulated and confused Bazzukulu), apparently, blew themselves up, one near the IGG office and the other near CPS.
At about 10:30hours, 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 bomber of CPS was by the names of Mansoor Uthman and the one of the IGG office is by the names of Wanjusi Abdallah.
All these are part of the ADF group that attacked Gen. Katumba in June. 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.
Since the attack on Gen. Katumba, the following has been achieved:
(i) Seven (7) have been killed while resisting arrest;
(ii) Eighty one (81) have been arrested; and
(iii) 3 have been killed by the bombs they were carrying.
The two of today were, therefore, running away from being arrested. We have been hunting for them since the Katumba incident.
Those killed since the Katumba incident are:
1. Nsubuga Mohammed;
2. Manihaji; 3.
Moses Mudasiri (the one of today);
4. Master Lubwama;
5. Juma Saidi;
6. Serwadda Juma; and
7. Amin Kawawa Mustapha. The one who blew himself in the bus was Matovu Muzafari. Unfortunately, 3 people died in today’s incident apart from the 3 suicide bombers. The injured are 36.
Apart from hunting the terrorists, the country strategy of vigilance (alertness), is helping to minimize damage. The suicide bombers at both CPS and IGG office were forced to detonate their bombs at the check point of Police outside and also outside of the IGG office.
Therefore, the public should maintain vigilance of checking people at entry points to bus parks, hotels, churches, mosques, markets, etc. The Police will issue guidelines regarding securing the check-points because the check-points are protecting the buildings and the occupants.
We are working with the neighbours to deal with those operating from outside. They have exposed themselves when we are more ready for urban terrorism. They will perish. Rural terrorism was defeated in 2007 in the Semliki National Park.
I am referring to the dead terrorists as manipulated victims of confusion. 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.
Three (3) IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) have been recovered including the one of today. The terrorists invited us and we are coming for them. Ssabalwanyi 16th November, 2021
(Source: H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on Twitter).