Police say security forces killed seven suspects and detained 106 people during bombing operations in Kampala.
Police said seven suspects were killed and 106 people were detained during operations by security services in connection with three suicide bombings in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, last week.
ISIL (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack on November 16, in which seven people, including the three bombers, were killed and dozens more injured. One police officer was among the four others killed and 27 of the 37 wounded were also police officers.
“Disrupting and dismantling acts of domestic terrorism has intensified our operations. “Since these operations began, a total of 106 suspects have been arrested,” police spokesman Fred Enanga said in a statement posted on Facebook on Monday.
Police did not provide details on how the seven suspects were killed.
In last week’s attack, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a police station in central Kampala. Three minutes later, two other suicide bombers exploded along a road leading to parliament.
The blasts set vehicles on fire, shattered glass, and panicked officers and workers fleeing multi-storey buildings.
Enanga said those detained “include those involved in terrorist financing and persons involved in mobilizing and inciting vulnerable Ugandans in the ranks of the ADF. [Allied Democratic Forces], ”A rebel group.
“We are actively monitoring all spaces in homes, places of worship, which serve as domains for recruitment and as gathering centers, for children who are introduced to ideological messages and beliefs,” Enanga said.
A security raid on a site in central Uganda has found 22 young people suspected by security personnel of being prepared for recruitment in the ADF, he added.
The ADF was founded in Uganda in the 1990s and initially waged a war against the government from bases in the country’s west.
The group was eventually chased away and fled to the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo where it has been operating ever since, with the United Nations blaming it for thousands of civilian deaths.