By Ivan Mwine
The police and sister security agencies on Monday suspected busted terror cells in parts of Central Buganda, from where they arrested a number of suspects.
The revelation was made by police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga, who revealed in a statement on Tuesday that the Directorate of Crime Intelligence in coordination with Counter-terrorism, conducted raids on two hideouts of suspected terrorists, in Lukaya-Kalungu and Bulo village in Butambala district, where they arrested 7 suspects.
Enanga noted however that the names of the suspects are still being withheld by the police so as not to jeopardise investigations by alerting their allies who are still at large.
“Upon interrogation, they clearly indicated how they were being inspired to carry out attacks on security personnel and VIP installations, within the country by Imam Sulaiman Nsubuga, of the Lweza ADF Cell, who is still at large,” Enanga said.
He added that; “We are aware of the planned attacks on security personnel and continue to review our security posture, in the face of these targeted threats.”
Enanga also noted that; “Much as our counter terror task teams have greatly weakened the ADF, criminal elements and other hostile groups in the country, the sponsors of terrorism are trying hard to reconstitute and re-establish operational terror cells and related capabilities. Their operational cells are mobile, autonomous, and flexible in the range of their targets or objectives.”
“Although we have now entered day 80, since the deadly suicide attacks occurred at CPS and Parliamentary Avenue, we have credible information indicating that, these hostile groups are determined to carry out attacks to reveal their existence,” Enanga said, adding; “Their tactics include use of suicide bombers, attacks on VIP’s and security personnel, ride along shoot and kill, on bodabodas, use of AK 47 SMG random attacks and bomber attacks.”
He reiterated that; “Our task teams are aware of these threats, of smaller but operational terror cells. We are putting more attention on eliminating them and preventing them from being created. The arrests and disruptive operations we have made are proof of the reality, that there are individuals in Uganda, who have become radicalised to violence and are willing to act upon it. We are doing everything in our means to disrupt their mobility and proliferation.”
On behalf of the police and its sister security agencies, Enanga thanked the local communities who furnished the police with relevant intelligence about these hostile cells that had started recruiting individuals for terrorism purposes.
He warned that the threats are real and called for increased vigilance and caution as Ugandans go about their daily activities.