Uganda arrests Somali national with detonator in Kampala
KAMPALA, Uganda – A Somali national has been arrested in Kampala with a detonator, Ugandan police said, in the latest development that could shape the war on terror, following a series of attacks in the East African country.
Ugandan police said the Somali national was arrested at the Speke Resort hotel in Munyonyo, just on the outskirts of Kampala. Police spokesman Fred Enanga said security officers managed to recover the detonator.
“The device was discovered by security while conducting a thorough search of the vehicle, a Toyota Wish which was being driven by Abdul Karim Mayowu, a 25-year-old Somali national residing in Lungujja in Lubaga Division,” said Enanga.
Mr Enanga added that the police are currently interviewing the Somali national, adding that he is said to be a special hire driver and that he was hired by a certain Muhammad Hassan, 28, another Somali national for pick up his mother and siblings from the hotel.
“That’s how he drove with this suspicious device. We have now arrested the two as well as other close relatives including Asili Yasin, 40, and Maxbal Masal, 20. The device with which it was found is a device that can operate or detonate a given explosive device. We now have a duty to trace the main component of the suspected explosive device upstream, ”noted Enanga.
The incident comes just a week after ISIS took responsibility for two bombings in Kampala that claimed the lives of two people. President Yoweri Museveni pledged to “crush” the terrorists who attacked the country for the third time in four months.
So far, a total of 106 suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident. Uganda has been one of East Africa’s most stable countries in terms of terrorism, but recent attacks have raised concerns among stakeholders.