By Ivan Mwine
The police in Kampala have arrested four Somalis with a gadget suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
According to police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga, the suspects, who including a 20-year-old, were netted as they tried to access Speke Resort Munyonyo but they were intercepted by the police and on being searched they were found in possession of the device.
Enanga said the suspected bomb was found hidden in a vehicle which was being driven by one of the Somalis, who had been hired by another Somali friend to pick his relatives from the hotel.
“The joint anti-terror security agencies have detained four Somali nationals who were found in possession of a suspected bomb device while trying to access Speke Resort Hotel Munyonyo in the suburbs of Kampala,” Enanga said.
He added that; “The device was found hidden in the car, by a police officer during a search of the vehicle Toyota Wish Registration number UBF 158C as it entered the premises of the resort.”
He revealed that the special hire driver of the vehicle, a Somali national identified as Abudul Karim Moyo was immediately arrested and upon interrogation Moyo told police that he had been hired by his friend identified as Muhammad Hassan to pick his mother and children from the Hotel.
Thereafter Hassan was also picked up by police together with his associate identified as Azir Yasin Hussein and a yet to be identified 20-year -old girl.
Enanga also noted that, following the recent terrorist attacks in Kampala, Security agencies have intensified operations along the Uganda – DR Congo Border to prevent illegal entries in the country after arresting some ADF elements who entered the country disguised as refugees taking advantage of the conflict in Eastern Congo.
Commenting about religious sentiments that are being raised by some Ugandans, Enanga stressed that security agencies are not arresting people because of their religious beliefs, but the intelligence-led operations are only targeting persons connected to ADF rebels.
He said the security agencies are also focusing on worship places and collection homes for children after gathering intelligence that some of these homes are used to keep kidnapped children whoy are converted to Islam and later taught radical ADF beliefs and how to plan terrorist attacks.
He revealed that during their operations, police raided the home of suspected ADF operative Sheikh Lwangabo, who is currently on the run at Kasengejje in Wakiso district where they rescued 22 children and arrested two people ; Ssewakiryanga Ismail and Kaijja Ismail who were in the home.
He added that they also carried out operations in Luwero, Wakiso, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, and Kasese where they recovered explosive materials already assembled and from these camps they discovered that some young children had been taken away to unknown destinations in a bid to rescue them and arrest their captors.