Uganda: Army Discovers Training Facility For ADF Rebels

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Three persons have been arrested after bomb-making equipment was discovered at a training center for ADF rebels connected to ISIL (ISIS) roughly 60 kilometers (37 miles) west of Kampala, Uganda’s capital.

Army spokesperson Felix Kulayigye made the disclosure during a media tour of the Kikubajinja community in Luwero area on Thursday.

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a militia headquartered in the vast forests of neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, were blamed by authorities for a series of bombs in Kampala and elsewhere in November that killed at least nine people.

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a police station in the heart of Kampala in one of the bloodiest attacks. Two more suicide bombers exploded three minutes later along a route leading to the parliament.

According to Kulayigye, the training facility was discovered within a local’s home, with a tunnel excavated in one of the rooms for training purposes.

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After hearing from neighbors that “nobody was allowed to enter, nobody would be seen getting out,” security personnel became skeptical, according to an army spokesperson.

Authorities seized bomb-making materials like as metal, nails, and wiring, as well as ammunition and a silencer-equipped pistol, he added.

The Ugandan army and the Congolese army began a coordinated operation in November to expel the ADF, which originated as an insurgency in Uganda but has been based in the DRC since the late 1990s.

In mid-2019, it declared allegiance to the Islamic State.

According to Kulayigye, the three suspects had already purchased a car that they intended to use in an assault.

“They were in the process of assembling a bomb which would be taken by that car to explode in a public place,” he said.