Kampala, Uganda | URN | A suspected terrorist has been shot dead in Kampala, Uganda. The deceased has been identified as Adam Matovu alias Manihajjia, a 36-year-old resident of Tula zone in Kawempe division, a Kampala suburb.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the suspected terrorist, Mr Matovu was gunned down by a team of Joint Counter-Terrorism officers when he jumped off a police patrol truck moments after he was arrested at the scene in Naguru.
Mr Enanga said that the officers had recovered an AK-47 gun, without a serial number, 14 rounds of ammunition, a bag containing a suicide belt with suspected explosives, and an assortment of bomb-making materials from the deceased’s home before his arrest. He was being taken to the Special Investigations Division-SID in Kireka.
“Encounters with terrorism suspects are usually violent and full of uncertainty. The officers kept telling him to stop, but he did not adhere to their command. As we review, the shooting incident, we urge all suspects to always follow our due processes, to avoid such tragic incidents,’ Mr Enanga added.
At the beginning of last month, security teams killed Hamid Nsubuga in Kyebando, Kampala who allegedly had escaped from Pader district in Northern Uganda in August.
Police said that Nsubuga was a suicide bomber who escaped from Pader, after the plan to attack mourners at the burial of the late DIGP, Lt Gen Paul Lokech was foiled by security agencies.
Full Uganda Police Force statement
The Joint Counter Terror task team actively involved in the ongoing counter terror operations, found themselves in a volatile situation, after a terror suspect, jumped off a patrol vehicle and tried to escape, while being escorted to SID Kireka.
The officers responded immediately and fired warning shots while commanding him to stop but all in vain, which prompted them to shoot and maim. Unfortunately, the suspect succumbed to the bullet wounds at the scene around Naguru remand home.
The suspect now deceased, has been identified as, Matovu Adam alias Manihajji aged 36, and resident of Ttula zone, Kawempe 1 ward, Kawempe Division.
The officers were returning from a very successful cordon and search operation in Kawempe Division, where they recovered an AK 47 gun, (without a serial number) but with 14 rounds, a bag containing a suicide belt with suspected explosives, and an assortment bomb making materials. The suspected explosive was neutralized at the site, on safety grounds.
The public should know that encounters with terrorism suspects is usually violent and full of uncertainty. The officers kept telling him to stop, but he did not adhere to their command. As we review, the shooting incident, we urge all suspects to always follow our due processes, to avoid such tragic incidents.
CP Enanga Fred
5th November 2021