The government of Uganda arrested 16 suspects alleged to be linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the arrest was undertaken on Monday 20th June, in Mityana district, Central Uganda.
Uganda police spokesperson, Fred Enanga confirmed while addressing the press at the police headquarters at Naguru on Monday, June 20, said that the suspects were found hiding at the residence of one of the suspects arrested.
The Joint Counter-Terrorism Security Task Force carried out the arrests after a tip-off that one of the suspects was using his home to conduct the ADF activities.
Fred Enanga said officers recovered military attire, boots, electronic gadgets, and two mobile phones from the suspect’s house.
The suspects were transferred to Police Special Investigations Department in Kireka.
the preliminary investigations show that one of the suspects came to Kampala in January looking for a job and he was lured into the group, said Enanga.
“We have evidence that there are cells which recruit members into the rebel rank, we are monitoring them,” He added.
Just last week the police arrested a suspect who is linked to the Luwero ADF terror cell, said police. This suspect was arrested in Kampala as he was moving to Luwero.
Uganda People Defense Force also last week discovered a suspected ADF training facility in Kikubajinja zone in Luwero Town Council located about 10km off Kampala – Gulu highway.
The UPDF spokesperson, Brig-Gen Felix Kulayigye, confirmed the arrest of three suspects who are alleged to have been involved in subversive activities.
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is an Islamic rebel group that started in the late 1990s with the intention to fight against the National Resistance Army (NRA) government.
The movement operated in the areas around the Rwenzori areas but the UPDF army managed to defeat their action and decided to extend their rebel activities to the Eastern Congo forests.
The ADF rebel is accused by the Ugandan government to be behind the latest bombing activities around Kampala that claimed lives in the January of 2022.
The ADF rebel activities allegation prompted the Ugandan government to form an allied force in the East Congo forests of Ituli in order to erase their violent activities.