Ex-convict Identifies 2010 Kampala Twin Bombing Suspects

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Mugisha told court presided over by Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo that he joined the Al-Shabab in 2008 after being motivated by the teachings of Jihad that he attended in Nairobi, Kenya. He went on to explain that after undergoing the full training to become a suicide bomber, he was sent on a spy mission in Uganda to identify the vulnerable places that they could hit.

The first prosecution witness who is also an ex-convict in the 2010 twin bomb attack on Uganda has kicked off the grand hearing of the case by narrating to court of how the plan to hit Uganda in was hatched in Somalia.

Mohamoud Mugisha was able to identify five out of the 13 suspects currently under trial whom he said that they trained together in Somali to unleash terror onto Ugandans. He identified Hussein Hassan Agade, Mohamad Hamid Suleiman, Suleiman Njoroge, Isa Ahmed Luyima and Sulaiman Hija Nyamandondo.

Mugisha told court presided over by Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo that he joined the Al-Shabab in 2008 after being motivated by the teachings of Jihad that he attended in Nairobi, Kenya. He went on to explain that after undergoing the full training to become a suicide bomber, he was sent on a spy mission in Uganda to identify the vulnerable places that they could hit.

Mohamoud, who is currently under state protection, said his former Al-Shabab bosses, who are trying to overthrow Somalia's government wanted to hit Uganda as punishment for it leading the African Union peacekeeping mission (Amisom) in Mogadishu. Uganda is also hosting a training camp for Somali government soldiers.

Al-Shabab also detests Ethiopia, which sent troops into Somalia in 2006 to oust a broad-based Islamist coalition that had taken control of much of the country.
Court heard that the American embassy in Uganda was one of the top targets by Al-Shabab but he said they failed to hit it due to its tight security.

Instead, Kyadondo Rugby grounds and the Ethiopian Restaurant in Kabalagala were identified as potential spots which would attracts hundreds of merrymakers on the night of the 2010 World Cup Final. The attacks claimed 79 lives.

Mohamoud was arrested and arraigned in the High Court in 2011 where he pleaded guilty in same court to charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism and was sentenced to five years. He has since served and completed serving his sentence and he is now turned into a state witness.

The 13 suspects face charges of murder, attempted murder, belonging to Al-Shabab group an affiliate of Al-Qaeda; a terrorist organization among other charges.

Court resumes today.
 

 

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