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Prime suspect in Mpigi Bus explosion arrested – police

AIGP Asan Kasingye confirmed Muwonge’s arrest

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The joint Anti-Terrorism taskforce and the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence on Sunday arrested Yusuf Muwonge, a prime suspect in an explosion that rocked Swift bus in Lungala, Mpigi District last month killing one suspected suicide bomber on the spot.

Muwonge, according to police had been on security’s wanted list for allegedly taking part in assembling the improvised explosive device (IED) that exploded inside the bus, killing his alleged accomplices, Isaac Matovu alias Muzafaru.

Security agencies say Muwonge was operating in the same domestic terror cell with Matovu, but had shifted from his known address in Lweza, to Wamala Katooke, Nansana and later to Kireka-Bbira.

On Thursday night, security teams raided a home in Kireka B-Bulenga along the Mityana road where Muwonge was reportedly hiding. But he evaded arrest until Saturday night when he was found in another hideout in Wakiso.

AIGP Asan Kasingye confirmed Muwonge’s arrest through his twitter handle.

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“Muwonge Yusuf, a suspected close associate of Matovu Muzafaru of the bus terror incident in Mpigi, and who on Thursday abandoned a bomb in Kireka Bira after hot pursuit by security operatives & intel team has finally been arrested,” Kasingye tweeted Sunday.

Although security agencies have severally linked the explosive attacks on the Swift bus and the first explosion at a popular pork joint in Komamboga-Kampala to Allied Democratic Forces-ADF, the Islamic State, a well-recognized international terror group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.


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