A joint Uganda security team has arrested 13 suspects it alleges are members or linked to the Allied Democratic Force a designated terrorist group which the Islamic State in Central Africa Province confirmed as an affiliate in 2019.
Among those taken into custody are a pastor and an engineer.
The men were apprehended in various sting operations in Paidha Town in Zombo District and in Kasese Municipality, which both straddle the border with the DR Congo, as well as in Njeru near the eastern Jinja City.
Many had been under surveillance, security officials told journalists at a press conference at Uganda Police Forces headquarters in Naguru, a Kampala suburb, and undercover operatives closed in on them after the United Kingdom last week said a terror attack on Uganda was “very likely”.
In Kampala, security forces officially had a muted response, noting that Uganda would not raise the threat level despite the alert.
According to sources familiar with the processes, Ugandan security and intelligence officials, however, quietly conferred with their British counterparts to ascertain whether the threat was specific or general. END