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The Joint Security Task Teams of the Police and UPDF in North West Nile Region and Obongi district, managed to arrest a member of the self-styled rebel group of the Uganda National Rescue Front II, identified as Bashir Surundu, a 21 year old, resident of Ayago village, Okuyo Parish, in Obongi district. The disgruntled group, has been responsible for several armed robberies and violent attacks in Yumbe and Obongi district.

Upon interrogation, he admitted to being a rebel, who was searching for food at the River shore, to take to his other colleagues who included; Adinani Renda of Kulubi, Yumbe district, Akange Thuthu of Tikijure, Yumbe; Ngulu resident of Waka, Itula sub-county, in Obongi, Jamali of Tikijure Town Council and “Boy” of Tikijure as well. The suspect was handed over to the UPDF, at Kulukulu barracks for further interrogation. Their commanders on our wanted list include; ARIS Habibu and Yassin Ssadala Dinga.  We would like to thank the community at Parolinya landing site, for their level of vigilance, that led to the identification and arrest of the suspect.

In a separate development, the territorial Police in Kigezi and Bunagana, intercepted an ADF recruit, identified as Ashiraf Ssempebwa, a 29 year old, farmer of Nakabiso village, Kavule Parish, Kiringente Sub-county in Mpigi district, together with his wife, Nansamba Fatuma, aged 21, and their two children, aged 3 years and 6 months, respectively, while trying to sneak into the DRC and joint the ADF rebel ranks.

We would like to thank our Joint Security Task Teams for their efforts, that led to the arrest of the rebel and recruits. We further pledge to continue using our expertise and capabilities to counter all perpetrators of violent extremism, against our country.

We also continue to thank the youth for rejecting calls to join and participate in violent hostilities, against our country Uganda.

SCP Enanga Fred

Police Spokesperson

25th July 2023

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