Suspected al Shabaab terrorist arrested in Kisoro
Posted Thursday, October 31 2013 at 02:00
KABALE- Police in Kisoro District were yesterday pondering whether to transfer a man in his 20s to Kampala for further interrogation on suspicion that he is a member of the al Shabaab terror group.
The Congolese national was arrested at Bunagana near the Uganda-Democratic Republic Congo border in Kisoro District with documents suspected to be showing al Shabaab movements.
On interrogation, the suspect is said to have claimed he was a student at Imamushafi Islamic School from April 2009 to 2012 and has travelled to Kenya and Somalia where he developed a mind to join the al Shabaab movement.
It is alleged that the suspect was attempting to cross to DRC without any travel documents before he was arrested by security agents.
Mr Elly Maate, the police spokesman for Kigezi sub-region, said the suspect was arrested on Tuesday by the security operatives and after searching him, he was found with documents showing the al Shabaab movements.
Mr Maate said the suspect is a resident of Bucuro-Bwita in the DR Congo but claimed to have been returning from Tanzania. He added that the suspect has lived in Kisoro for almost one month before the security operatives arrested him.
“We are still interrogating him before we hand him over to Kampala police headquarters for further management of his case. The public is urged to work with the police especially at border entries to identify such suspected terrorists,” Mr Maate said yesterday.
Uganda potential target
The arrest comes at the time security agencies are on high alert following intelligence reports suggesting that suspected al Shabaab want to carry out a Westgate Shopping Mall style attack.
Al Shabaab insurgents claimed the Westgate attack, saying it was in revenge for Kenya military action against the group in southern Somalia.
Uganda also has troops in Somalia with the African Union force that is battling al-Shabaab, and has been attacked on home soil by the extremists before, in 2010 bomb blasts that killed 76 people.
Following the Westgate attack, al Shabaab announced plans to attack Kampala, a move that would put in check the security situation in the region.
The militants claimed their “6th and 7th Mujahideen squad rendezvous to their undisclosed locations in Kampala, Addis Ababa, Pretoria.”