The Joint Security Task Force recovered six Improvised Electronic Devices within two days in the areas of Kampala and Wakiso District.
On Sunday, the joint security team, at around 11 am, that was deployed at Miracle Centre, intercepted a terrorist who had disguised as a churchgoer and recovered an IED at the main entrance of the Church in Kayanja Triangle Zone, Lubaga Parish in Kampala District.
Immediately after his arrest, he was handed over to the Joint Anti-terrorism Task Force (JATT), CMI, ISO and CI.
The scene jointly processed by the bomb squad and the forensic experts. The IED was detonated at the scene.
The scene was re-examined and several items including a dry battery (D and K-1987), detonator card, a container of powder, 57 nails of 4 inches, yellow cellotape, a phone battery itel and its housing and burnt parts of the black bag, were discovered.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, noted that there was no danger to the church members or damage to the church.
He revealed that the suspect Kintu Abdulahuman, a 28-year-old resident of Mbizinya village, Buwama sub county in Mpigi district, was also found in possession of a remote control boom.
The suspect was on the wanted list of CMI.
“Upon interrogation the suspect admitted that they were 6 terrorists behind the plot, and further led the Joint Team of JATT officers, CMI, CI CID, KMP and Forensics, to their rented two roomed house, at Luungujja zone 8, where 3 other constructed IEDs were recovered,” Enanga said.
The bomb experts were also able to detonate the 3 IEDs and further recovered ingredients of evidential value.
Enanga says that the intention of the suspect was to enter, place, discharge or detonate the IED at Miracle Centre Church with the intent to cause death or severe bodily injury.
He added that Investigations continue to establish the whereabouts of his co-conspirators who are still at large.
“We would like to inform the public that the arrest and counter-terror operation has not significantly charged the security level in the country. A threat environment still exists and as always we have taken measures to respond and mitigate all forms of terror threats,” he warned.
He explained that Sunday’s incident is also another reminder to Ugandans and other citizens in the country, that terrorism is real, which calls for vigilance as they go shopping, travelling at places of worship, partying and celebrating, for any suspicious objects, unusual activity or behaviour.
As of today, an additional five suspects have been arrested in connection with the IED planted on Mabiito area within Nateete Central B zone, Lubaga division in Kampala district.
Another IED was recovered, abandoned at Peaceful Guest House in Ngobe-Bunamwanya, which brings the total number of IEDs recovered and detonated within two days to 6.
The number of suspects arrested who are now linked to ADF has increased to 6.
“The Counter – terror operations are active and ongoing,” Enanga said.