Museveni: Kampala terrorists coordinated with groups in Kenya and Somalia
KAMPALA – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said the architects of the Kampala bombing were in communication with “colleagues” in Kenya and Somalia, but did not give further details of the incident, which did a number of deaths.
In an interview with Reuters on the November 16 attacks in Kampala, which killed three people and were blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces aligned with the Islamic State [ADF]Museveni said there was evidence of the alien coordinating with the men who carried out the attack.
The explosions in the heart of the capital shocked a nation known as a bulwark against violent Islamist militants in East Africa and prompted Museveni to send 1,700 troops to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, where the ADF has camps for coaching. But Museveni said foreign ties extended beyond eastern Congo.
“The bombs they detonated in Kampala recently, we have indications that they were coordinating with groups in Kenya and Somalia,” Museveni said. “Maybe not command and control but collaboration.”
Last week, Museveni launched airstrikes against ADF extremists in DR Congo, as part of an operation to neutralize the team that controls much of the Congo forest. It is not clear whether the group has any ties to Somalia-based al-Shabaab militants, who also have a strong presence in Kenya.
Al-Shabaab, which controls vast swathes of rural central and southern Somalia, has sought to overthrow the fragile UN-backed Somali administration, but it is help from African Union mission forces [AMISOM] who played a key role in neutralizing the militants.
Kenya and Uganda are force contributing countries and have played a key role in promoting stability in the Horn of Africa country, hence frequent attacks in Kenya. While the Ugandan People’s Defense Force [UPDF] has approximately 4,500 troops in Somalia, Kenya Defense Forces [KDF] have nearly 3,500.
By the end of this month, the African Union hopes to have a joint mission with the United Nations in Somalia, an idea that was initially opposed by the federal government of Somalia. AMISOM’s mandate expires on December 31 as per the August resolution.
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