Police have revealed that many of the wanted terror suspects allegedly attached to Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have now left Kampala metropolitan area perhaps for upcountry places or even sneaked back to their hideouts in neighbouring countries.
Without revealing names or number of terror suspects on the security watch list, Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said because of the heated hunt for whoever participated in the recent explosions in Kampala, they have learnt that several of them have since sneaked out of the city and its neighbourhoods.
Between October 23rd and November 16th, Uganda registered four bomb explosions which left nine people dead whereas more than 40 people were wounded.
The latest Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) went off 13 days ago at Kampala Central Police Station (CPS) and Parliament Avenue at the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG).
The joint task team comprised of police’s Crime Intelligence, Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, Internal Security Organizations and Joint-Anti-Terrorism Taskforce embarked on tracking down all suspected terrorists, their agents or collaborators.
By end of last week, security had 106 terror suspects being incarcerated at Special Investigations Division (SID) in Kireka, CMI headquarters in Mbuya.
Enanga said the operations are still ongoing until all the suspects are apprehended even though they have since fled Kampala.
“We are determined to dismantle ADF infrastructure in the country,” Enanga said.
“Preventing these terror attacks is the number one priority. We’ll purse collaborators who have gone into hiding. We believe most of them have gone out of KMP area. We have managed to capture an assortment of suicide jackets, 21 bullets and we are pushing onwards to ensure we recover the guns that should be existing with these terrorists.” he added.
President Yoweri Museveni in his address to the nation four days after the deadly explosions at CPS and IGG’s office, said police had a list of all terror suspects.
Museveni wondered why police were not releasing the list to the public for purposes of helping in identifying or spotting their hideouts.
Enanga in response to Uganda Radio Network (URN)’s question on why security have not yet released the list of wanted terror suspects a week after Museveni’s address, he said the joint counter-terror team was stilling processing it.
He added that commanders of security agencies involved in the hunt have indicated that they will only release the list if it doesn’t jeopardize their operations.
On the issue of suspects being detained for more than the 48 hours allowable by the constitution without appearing in court, Enanga said whatever the security agencies are doing is being guided by Directorate of Public Prosecution.