The Joint Counter Terror task team actively involved in the ongoing counter terror operations has shot dead a suspected terrorist in Naguru, Kampala.
According to Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga, the suspect identified as, Matovu Adam alias Manihajji aged 36, and resident of Ttula zone, Kawempe 1 ward, Kawempe Division, was shot after he jumped off a patrol vehicle and tried to escape, while being escorted to SID Kireka.
“The Joint Security forces found themselves in a volatile situation, after a terror suspect, jumped off a patrol vehicle and tried to escape, while being escorted to SID Kireka. The officers responded immediately and fired warning shots while commanding him to stop but all in vain, which prompted them to shoot and main. Unfortunately, the suspect succumbed to the bullet wounds at the scene around Naguru remand home,” Enanga said.
Enange noted that the officers were returning from a very successful cordon and search operation in Kawempe Division, where they recovered an AK 47 gun, (without a serial number) but with 14 rounds, a bag containing a suicide belt with suspected explosives, and an assortment bomb making materials.
He added, “The suspected explosive was neutralized at the site, on safety grounds.”
In October, the joint security forces also gunned down another terror suspect, Hamid Nsubuga in Kawempe, Kampala.
According to Enanga, Nsubuga had escaped from Pader district, after a failed plan to bomb mourners at the burial of the late Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen Paul Loketch.
This followed the arrest of his colleague at a Lodge in Pader with assembled explosives.
Recently terrorists carried out two bomb attacks which left two people dead and injured others.
Security has since blamed the attacks on ADF terrorist group which operates from the DRC thick forests.
It is said the group has sleeper cells in the country and are responsible for the attacks.
Enanga noted that, the public should know that encounters with terrorism suspects is usually violent and full of uncertainty.
“The officers kept telling him to stop, but he did not adhere to their command. As we review, the shooting incident, we urge all suspects to always follow our due processes, to avoid such tragic incidents,” he said.