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Suspected ADF Terrorist Arrested for Kamwenge attack

Uganda’s security services have apprehended a key suspect in the terrorist Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attack in Kamwenge District, western Uganda, that left over 10 people dead in December 2023.  

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga identified the suspect as Bahati Abdul Razak, 28.

“Our territorial police in Rwenzori East and Mpondwe on February 12, 2024 at around 3:00pm, arrested a one Bahati Abdul Razak, a 28 year old, ADF rebel of Todoli in the DRC, who was part of the group that sneaked into Uganda in November, 2023, through Butunya – Ntoroko and carried out attacks in Kamwenge,” said Enanga during a press conference on Monday.

“Most of his colleagues were eliminated, as operations targeting other remnants continue,” he added. 

ADF terrorists last year sneaked from their hideouts in DRC to conduct attacks in Uganda.

British citizen David Barlow and his South African wife Emmaretia Geyer were shot dead by ADF terrorists on their honeymoon in Uganda on October 17, 2023. 

The tourists were on a visit to see gorillas and other primates at the Queen Elizabeth National Park when they were killed in an attack by the terror group.

UPDF has since beefed up deployment of security personnel in and around national parks in western Uganda to counter the ADF threat. 

In a separate development, Enanga said the Joint Anti Terrorism Track units recovered an 11 year old, ADF recruit, Kibumbo Munimbu, along Kibirizi village, Lake Katwe sub-county, after he escaped from the ADF in DRC, where he had been taken by his grandfather Sulaid Muzungu and 3 other children, from Erapa Nabirimba village, Buyende district.

 The parents of the victim are Kibumba Muzamil and Nabirye Fatuma.

Enanga said the arrangements are in place to hand over the victim, as a police trace for the grandfather, who is an ADF rebel collaborator. 

“We urge all parents to protect their children, and stop handing them over to hostile collaborators, who recruit them into terrorism camps,” said Enanga.

Police said their counter-terrorism task teams continue to remain alert and closely monitor Uganda’s Western borderline, for potential threats in the Rwenzori area, in coordination with territorial Joint Security Teams.

“Although we do not have specific intelligence reflecting any new attacks along our Rwenzori axis with the DRC, we are monitoring ADF activities in Bukuka Hills across the border in the DRC, as well as acts of insecurity in Lhubirira Kasindi in Goma DRC, that occurred on the 12.12.2024,” said Enanga. 

“We therefore, call upon the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to our security teams. Our Joint Territorial teams continue to maintain a heightened posture, with patrols and increased visibility, to counter potential threats.”


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