Police in Kasese District is holding 40 Rwandan nationals at Kasese Central Police Station allegedly for lack of proper identification and travel documents.
The persons were arrested on Thursday afternoon driving in buses through Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Sources told chimp corps that the arrest was conducted by heavy military comprising of police and sister agencies that are currently deployed in the area in search for missing militants who kidnapped an American tourist and tour guide on Tuesday.
Security Agencies and President Museveni on Wednesday dispatched an elite counter terrorism squad and Special Forces on a search and rescue mission of the missing persons.
Roadblocks and search points have since been mounted along the Uganda and DRC boarders to deter escape of the alleged militant kidnappers.
The Inspector General of Police Mr Okoth Martin Ochola yesterday also joined the team of security operatives deployed in the area.
Asked about the arrested Rwandese nationals, Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga declined to comment, but said that the Regional Police Commander Vincent Mwesigye will address the press shortly.
It has been established that the arrested suspects were destined for Democratic Republic of Congo.
They were traveling in a buses registration number UBD 338D, UBA 841D and UBE 325P.