Suspected Terrorist Arrested At Uganda-Kenya Border Top story

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Security has arrested a suspected terrorist said to belong to the Allied Democratic Force intelligence network at the Kenya-Uganda border.

Security has arrested a suspected terrorist said to belong to the Allied Democratic Force intelligence network at the Kenya-Uganda border.
Self-styled Lt. Reagan Kirunda was arrested by a team of police and military officers as he attempted to cross into Kenya through the border point of Suam.
The Allied Democratic Force is considered a terrorist organisation. The police has in recent months, arrested several people said to belong to the group. They are accused of orchestrating recent killings in Kampala and eastern Uganda.

Captain Denis Omara, the Uganda Peoples' Defence force-UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson confirmed the arrest, narrating; when police asked him to produce his identifications; he instead ran and jumped over a fence. Kirunda was then pursued by security team and he was arrested and detained at Bukwo Central Police station on Thursday night.
Source say Kirunda was driving a Nissan pick-up, white in colour.

Information available to Uganda Radio Network indicates that the suspect has confessed to having been on a spying mission including a reconnaissance on military positions in the country.

According to military sources, the suspect confessed to having gone as far as Ntoroko, in western Uganda and he is working with other groups within the country on a spy missions.

Captain Omara told Uganda Radio Network that an investigation into the matter is ongoing and Kirunda will be produced in courts of law once it is complete.

Kirunda hails from Blue band village in Bulyansime parish in Bugweri County, Iganga district

The arrest come at a time when police is pursing several members of the Allied Democratic Forces over alleged terror activities and killings in Busoga region.

It also come as a time when the country is on a terror alert following a warning from police and American Embassy in Kampala of a pending terror attack by members of the Al-Shabaab terrorist organisation.


About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.