KAMPALA (SD) – Ugandan police have arrested at least four Somali nationals after an explosive detonator was discovered at the entrance of a hotel in Kampala barely a week after twin blast rocked the city.
In a press conference, Police spokesperson CP Fred said the officers nabbed a Somali man who was allegedly had an explosive detonator in his car.
According to Enanga, the detonator was detected by security personnel guarding Speke Resort Hotel in Munyonyo as they checked the car before granting it access.
“The device was discovered by the security as they did a thorough search of the vehicle, a Toyota Wish which was being driven by Abdul Karim Mayowu, a 25 year old Somali national and resident of Lungujja in Lubaga division,”Enanga said.
Upon interrogation, Enanga said, the suspect revealed that he is a special hire car driver who had been hired by a fellow Somali national identified as Hassan Muhammad to go pick his mother and siblings from the hotel.
“That is how he drove with this suspected device. We have now arrested the two and also other close associates of the family including 40-year Asili Yasin and 20-year-old Maxbal Masal. The device that he was found with is one that can operate or detonate a given explosive device. We now have a duty to trace backwards for the main component of the suspected explosive device,” Enanga said.
Mid this month, a man wearing a black jacket and carrying a backpack detonated himself blew himself up near the checkpoint to the Central Police Station.
The second one occurred three minutes later along Parliament Avenue. Two suicide bombers who were riding on motorcycles detonated themselves.
The blasts killed three people and wounded 33 others. The injured were rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital.
A fourth suicide bomber was arrested and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were recovered at his home in Nansana village.
ISIS militant group had claimed the responsibility for the attacks.