The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) reported on Thursday that they have apprehended the leader of a militia group responsible for the recent murders of two foreign tourists and a local guide during a night-time military operation.
This operation targeted a unit of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed militia associated with the Islamic State (IS) group, based in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
A British and a South African tourist, along with their guide, were killed in an attack on October 17 while on a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The IS group later claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that it had killed “three Christian tourists.”
The UPDF’s successful operation resulted in the capture of the ADF unit commander, identified as Njovu, who was injured during the gunbattle. Njovu was found with some of the belongings of the murdered tourists and their Ugandan guide’s identity card.
The victims of the October attack were David Barlow, a British national, his South African wife Celia, and their guide Eric Ayai. In the same operation, six other members of the ADF squad were killed. The operation occurred on Lake Edward, which straddles the Uganda-DRC border to the west of the park where the attacks took place.