By GEOFFREY MUTEGEKI ARAALI (email the author) Posted Monday, June 18 2012 at 00:00-TOROKO - Security operatives in Ntoroko District have arrested six people suspected to be terrorists, including six foreign nationals. They were arrested
last week (Wednesday night) at Ntoroko Landing Site, while crossing into the country on a boat.
The Western Regional Police Commander, Mr Wilson Kwanya, said the suspects travelled to DR Congo through Mpondwe border in Kasese District and then proceeded to Ntoroko Landing Site. “This is a rebel threat area, so by moving through these areas we think they must have interacted with the rebels, and you know the Allied Democratic Force rebels are terrorists, so we cannot take them for granted. This is the only way we can fight terrorism,” Mr Kwanya said.
The police said the suspects were arrested by security operatives attached to Kanara Landing Site. However, when they were told to identify themselves, they refused. When they were searched, they did not have any identification documents. They had bags but Mr Kwanya declined to reveal the contents. “We arrested them on suspicion of being terrorists. We briefly interrogated them and sent them to Kampala for further interrogation,” Mr Kwanya said at the weekend. The area police boss said the suspects alleged that they were on a mission to spread Islam in the country.
Islam spread “How can you go to spread Islamic religion without any document allowing you to do so? They did not have any introduction letter from the Muslim leadership in Uganda or any Ugandan to move them around,” Mr Kwanya added.
“These can now be everywhere, when Kampala is vigilant they look for inactive people, so I call upon people to be vigilant and report any suspicious people in the communities. Anyone who has information should volunteer it to the Police because it is the only way we can fight these people,” Mr Kwanya said.
The arrest of the six men comes at a time when Uganda is on high alert after the Inspector General of Police, Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura, revealed that several suspected al-Shabaab militants had entered the country through Kenya. Al-Shabaab militants have in the past threatened to carry out attacks in Uganda, in revenge of UPDF’s presence in Somalia.