Ugandan authorities successfully disrupt planned bombing of churches, says President Museveni
President Yoweri Museveni confirmed that Ugandan forces conducted strikes against ADF militants
The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, revealed that the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group, with ties to the Islamic State, attempted a bomb attack on churches in the central Butambala district. According to Mr. Museveni, the militants intended to plant two bombs in churches located approximately 50 km (30 miles) away from the capital, Kampala. Fortunately, the police were able to intercept and defuse the devices after receiving a report.
President Museveni explained that the bombs were disguised as address systems and discreetly given to local pastors. However, the community members promptly alerted the authorities about their suspicions.
Moreover, on the same day, President Museveni announced that Ugandan forces had executed airstrikes against four ADF positions in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. He stated that a significant number of terrorists were believed to have been eliminated during the operation.
The President cautioned that the remaining ADF members might attempt to enter Uganda to carry out sporadic acts of terrorism. He emphasized the need for heightened vigilance to counter this threat.
Previously, in June, ADF militants perpetrated one of the deadliest attacks in Uganda, claiming the lives of 42 individuals, including 37 students in a high school near the DR Congo border.