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A man has been arrested in Kampala, Uganda’s capital after he attempted to enter a church with an explosive device.
On Sunday, the Ugandan police reported detaining Kintu Ibrahim, 28, outside Lubaga Miracle Centre, a Pentecostal church in the Lubaga suburb. Patrick Onyango, a police spokesperson, informed the media that they had received intelligence regarding planned attacks on religious establishments. Acting on this tip, they tracked and detained Ibrahim, stating, “We got information that one terrorist had already been sent out to go and carry out a mission, so they followed the terrorist.”
Upon apprehension, an improvised explosive device was found in Ibrahim’s possession, which was safely disabled by the police. During the questioning, Ibrahim admitted to collaborating with three other individuals tasked with executing similar missions. Onyango stated, “He’s helping us locate those people,” and confirmed that Ibrahim is currently detained on charges related to terrorism.
Although the intentions behind the attempted attack remain undetermined, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – a group with ties to the Islamic State – has historically executed bombings in Uganda.
The ADF, originally an insurgent group within Uganda, was forced to retreat over twenty years ago, establishing its current base in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.