Byakagaba said even though the Islamic State-IS has claimed responsibility, their investigations are still wide open purposely to ensure that such claims are established beyond doubt.
Byakagaba Abbas, the Director Counter Terrorism Addressing the media on Monday
The Director for Count-Terrorism in Police Abbas Byakagaba has
said that the Allied Democratic Forces –ADF and Islamic State-IS are among the terror
groups suspected to have planned last Saturday’s bomb blast at a bar in Komamboga.
At least one person identified as Emily Nyinaneza was killed in the explosion
at Digida pork and bar joint at Kwata Zone, Komamboga Ward, Kawempe Division,
in Kampala. Three others Kiconco Annet, Nakitto Rose and Ssenyonga Peter
sustained serious injuries.
Byakagaba said even though Islamic State-IS has claimed responsibility, their
investigations are still wide open to ensure that such claims are
established beyond doubt. Byakagaba adds that ADF which is locally and
internationally recognized as a terror group would not be spared in the course
of the investigations.
“First we don’t work with ISIS and we cannot confirm their claims. But we are
investigating all clues including claims made by ISIS. We cannot leave out ADF
as being one of the perpetrators. It is still too early to tell who did it. But
we are ready, prepared and moving towards getting the exact perpetrators,” Byakagaba said.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the Saturday explosion. The group says it had
earlier on October 8 attacked a Police Post in the same area and left a
policeman injured. Six days after ISIS claimed an attack on a Police Post, the UK
and France on October 14 warned their citizens in Uganda to be vigilant as
terrorists were planning to attack busy places like bars, restaurants and shopping
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Investigations by police and Army have concluded that it was a domestic terror
incident. This is based on the fact that the explosion was an Improvised
Explosive Device (IEDs). The bomb squad team from police and military have
established that the explosion was made of among other things nails and ball
bearing of a bicycle.
Asked on whether Ugandans should be more worried since the used
materials are locally available and cheap on the market, Byakagaba said after
their investigation, they will inform Ugandans on what to do to prevent the production
of such explosives.
Between 2011 and 2020, IEDs left 135,800 civilian casualties
globally. This is according to Relief Web on challenges IEDs pose for the humanitarian
Mine Action Sector.
Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson said security is yet to arrest any suspect
in the Komamboga attack. Security said unless suspects have been arrested, it
is difficult to know whether the motive was business sabotage, political
ideology, hatred or hostile terror groups.
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This is not the first time Uganda has been faced with IEDs. In the late 1990s
and early 2000s, several IEDs went off in Kampala markets, streets and other
busy places and they were all linked to ADF which was commanded by Jamil Mukulu
who is now under custody.
However, the massive blasts that killed dozens of people were recorded on July
11, 2010, during the World Cup finals where over 70 people died in twin bombs
at Kyadondo Rugby Club and Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kabalagala.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.