Security agents in Kampala have shot and killed a 36-year-old suspected terrorist arrested in the ongoing counter terror operations.
October 2021 will be remembered in Uganda history as one of the hard times where the country received terror attacks from the Islamic State (IS) and other yet to be identified rebel groups.
Following this same story, Police has declared “a very successful cordon and search operation” in Kawempe Division where they reportedly recovered an AK 47 gun.
Police says the gun didn’t have a serial number but had 14 rounds of ammunition. Among other recovered items was a bag containing a suicide belt with suspected explosives, and assortment bomb making materials.
The suspected terrorist was identified as Adam Matovu alias Manihajji, a resident of Ttula zone, Kawempe 1 ward, Kawempe Division.
He was shot and killed after he allegedly jumped off a patrol vehicle and tried to escape while being escorted to the Special Investigations Division (SID) Kireka, police have said.
This comes a few days after security agencies gunned down a one Hamid Nsubuga, who allegedly evaded arrest in Pader District during the burial of the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Lt Gen Paul Lokech allegedly turned violent while the security personnel were arresting him, prompting them to shoot him dead on October 4, 2021.
The security agencies said the suspect had explosives and had intended to attack mourners at the burial of Lt Gen Lokech.
The Joint Counter Terror task team actively involved in the ongoing counter terror operations, found themselves in a volatile situation, after a suspected terrorist, jumped off a patrol vehicle and tried to escape, while being escorted to SID Kireka.
The officers responded immediately and fired warning shots while commanding him to stop but all in vain, which prompted them to shoot and main. Unfortunately, the suspect succumbed to the bullet wounds at the scene around Naguru remand home.
The suspect now deceased, has been identified as, Matovu Adam alias Manihajji aged 36, and resident of Ttula zone, Kawempe 1 ward, Kawempe Division,” said Police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga in a statement issued Friday morning.
The officers were returning from “a very successful cordon and search operation” in Kawempe Division, where they reportedly recovered an AK 47 gun, (without a serial number) but with 14 rounds of ammunition, a bag containing a suicide belt with suspected explosives, and an assortment bomb making materials.
The suspected explosive was neutralized at the site on safety grounds. The public should know that encounters with terrorism suspects is usually violent and full of uncertainty.
The officers kept telling him to stop but he did not adhere to their command. As we review the shooting incident, we urge all suspects to always follow our due processes to avoid such tragic incidents.
Security agencies have continuously accused the rebels of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) of being behind the assassinations and bomb blasts happening in and around Kampala city.