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Somali National Arrested For Possession Of Explosive Detonator

Somali National Arrested For Possession Of Explosive Detonator

Police in Kampala have arrested a Somali national they found in possession of an explosive detonator. Security personnel stopped him as he tried to access Speke Resort Hotel in Munyonyo.

According to the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the security guards at the entrance recovered the explosive detonator. This happened as they carried out a security check on the vehicle as it attempted to enter the premises.

‘’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.

In his defense, the Somali national said he is only a special hire driver that a certain Muhammad Hassan hired. He also said a one Hassan sent him to pick up his mother and siblings from the hotel.

Police have arrested the two and are now in custody of the police, as is the detonator as well. The main task of the police now is to trace backward the main component of the suspected explosive device.

The developments come on the backdrop of twin blasts that went off in Kampala last week killing seven and injuring many others.

Security has since blamed the blasts on suicide bombers sent by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorist group.

Authorities have also increased operations targeting ADF sleeper cells operating in the country and have arrested a total of 106 suspects o far.

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