KAMPALA: Government has said that the two suspects killed today when security invaded Usafi market mosque were related to the kidnap and subsequent murder of Suzan Magara.
Suzan Magara, 28, was working as an administrator for the family businesses as well as a cashier for Bwendo Dairy Farm in Hoima before she was kidnapped in Mengo as she left work to drive home in Lungujja on 7th February this year. Three weeks later, her body was dumped in Kitiko along the Entebbe Express highway.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Gen. Jeje Odong, Uganda People’s Defence Forces Spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire and the Police Director in Charge of Counter Terrorism, Abbas Byakagaba, told a press conference that one of the key suspects in the murder of Magara had run to Usafi mosque in Kisenyi having known that he was being tracked by security agencies.
Gen. Odong said that the security team tried to invade the mosque to arrest the suspect but they were attacked and one of them injured by a group of people originating from the mosque, prompting the security team to act in self defence and killed two of attackers.
Subsequently, 36 suspects have been arrested and 18 women and 94 children of various nationalities were rescued from the mosque.
According to Gen. Jeje Odong, the children looked traumatized and scared.
According to security, a number of items including 60 rounds of ammunition, bows, arrows ,23 pangas and a laptop which have been taken as exhibits.
Last year, police raided Nakasero mosque and arrested 11 Muslims over acts of criminality. During the same month another mosque in Kiwatule was raided and 13 more Muslims including eight Indian missionaries were arrested, but were later released with police saying they had acted on false intelligence.
Byakagaba: A key suspect was being followed up and the suspect went to hide in Usafi Mosque. In the process, we found kidnapped children and women. pic.twitter.com/NMaj3SsH6W
— Uganda Police Force (@PoliceUg) April 28, 2018
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