A suspected terrorist has been killed in Naguru, Uganda Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga has confirmed.
According to Enanga, the suspected terrorist, now deceased had tried to jump off a patrol vehicle and was shot dead.
He has been identified as Adam Matovu alias Manihajji.
“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 main,” said Enanga in a statement.
“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 security team were returning from a successful operation in Kawempe.
“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,” said Enanga.
“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.”