KAMPALA, Uganda – One of the suspected suicide bombers on the funeral of Major General Paul Lokech, aka Lion of Mogadishu, remains to be at giant, Uganda stated, days after foiling a suspected terror assault within the north of the nation, the place Lokech was reported. been buried.
According to Uganda, the second suspected suicide bomber who focused mourners throughout the burial of the late Deputy Inspector General of Police, General Paul Lokech, at his house in Pader district, remains to be lacking.
A supply near the operation who seized parts of an improvised explosive gadget advised The Monitor that one in every of the suicide bombers escaped the scene on Friday night and safety personnel had been on his path.
According to the supply, the 2 suspects had been tasked with attacking mourners throughout General Lokech’s funeral final week in Baibir village, Pader district, northern Uganda.
” We discovered that [Abdul] Katumba was with one other particular person within the mission, however he managed to flee and we’re chasing him, ”he stated. Lokech.
Security sources declare Katumba, aka Ben, is linked to the Allied Democratic Force [ADF] rebels and the militant Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab in Somalia.
It is reported that the 2 males initially deliberate to assault mourners at General Lokech’s house in Kitikifumba Kira, on the outskirts of Kampala, throughout the funeral earlier this week.
UPDF spokesperson Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso confirmed Katumba’s arrest in a press launch she launched on Friday.
“When our joint intelligence team became suspicious of them, they started following them until they removed them from the Mikicha Guest House in Pader City Council on Thursday morning,” she stated.
The UPDF spokesman stated the suspects wished to assault the mourners in retaliation for General Lokech’s crackdown and the defeat of al-Shabaab extremists and their associates in Somalia.
General Lokech first took command of the African Union peacekeepers as a part of the African Union Mission in Somalia [Amisom] in 2011 and left in 2012. He rebounded once more in 2017 and left in 2018 after expelling terrorists from the Somali capital Mogadishu.
When safety personnel searched Katumba’s room at Mikicha Guest House, they reportedly recovered selfmade bombs, bomb carrying baggage, ball bearings, suicide vets, detonators, cell telephones used to detonate bombs. bombs, ammonium sulfate, switches and wires that had been to be utilized in their lethal mission.
Former Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed was one in every of the mourners in Uganda. It was throughout Ahmed’s administration that Lokech led the Ugandan People’s Defense Force to oust Al-Shabaab from Mogadishu the place they’d dominated for a few years.
Lokech was extensively mourned in each Somalia and Uganda, the place he was celebrated as a “brave soldier”. In a earlier interview, he recounted how he saved Ahmed from the presidential palace the place the militants had been focusing on.