Crime & Investigation

Uganda Police Commandos Raid Mosque

In what appears a highly secretive Counter Terrorism operation, healing heavily-armed Police commandos today Monday stormed a Mosque in Bugiri District, order Eastern Uganda.

“It’s true we conducted the operation to arrest some people, ask ” said Busoga East Police Spokesperson, James Mubi.

Pressed to shed more details on the identities of the persons sought by police, Mubi remained cagey.

“All I can tell you now is we were looking for some people. I will give you more details later,” Mubi told ChimpReports in an exclusive interview.

The raid occurred at around 1:00Pm as Muslims were having afternoon prayers at Masjid Umaru (Salaf) Mosque.

The Salaf ideology has in recent years been blamed for the spread of terrorism across the world, an accusation its believers say is unfounded.

Salaf mosques regularly obtain funding from Saudi Arabia.

The Salafist movement is a branch of Islam that promotes a return to the early ways of Islam.


Police have previously raided Mosques to arrest suspected criminals linked to violent crime.

But some conservatives have protested police actions at the places of worship.

Mufti Shaban Mubajje recently urged police boss Gen Kale Kayihura to always work closely with the Muslim leadership before carrying out operations at Mosques.

On December 27 2016, a team of police and Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force (JATT) officials raided Nakasero Mosque in Kampala before arresting some people whereas computers and other documents were also taken.

Addressing journalists later, Gen Kayihura said they had obtained information from one of the top suspects about the availability of evidence vital in relation to the murder of Sheikh Maj. Muhammad Kiggundu.

A few days later, police again raided Kiwatule mosque before arresting some believers whom the law enforcement body released.

Today’s operation was conducted by elements of the Police Flying Squad.

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