Two suspected ADF rebels arrested in Kisoro district


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Security has arrested two suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in Kisoro district.

The suspects were arrested on Friday from Nyakabande refugees transit center in Nyakabande sub-county. Security declined to reveal their identities in order not to jeopardize investigations.

According to Captain Peter Mugisha, Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, the suspects were arrested during a security search on all Congolese refugees still camping at Nyakabande refugees transit center, following intelligence information the rebels are disguising to be refugees.

Captain Mugisha said that during the search, the suspects were found in possession of machetes, axes, knives, hammers, hand saws, nails, and pliers among others wrapped in sacks. The suspects were also found with a petroleum-like substance suspected to be for cleaning guns.

He said that the suspects will he questioned how they entered the transit centre with many sharp objects as well as how they accessed Ugandan national identity cards yet they claim to be Congolese nationals.

Captain Mugisha also says that security is investigating other refugees who fled to Kisoro a few weeks ago during clashes between an unknown rebel group and the Congolese government army in Rutshuru territory north Kivu province but are not residents of Rutshuru.

Henry Kintu, Kisoro District Police Commander says that the suspects are being held at Kisoro police station for interrogation. He also experts will also examine the sharp objects and petroleum-like substances.

This comes two days after, 36-year-old Hussein Mbabazi Turinayezu, a resident of Munengwe village in Kibitoki county in Burundi was intercepted in Kisoro while transporting two sub-machine guns to Kampala.

The development also comes two days after the twin bombing near IPS building near parliament and the quarter guard of the Central Police Station in Kampala which left seven people dead and several injured.


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