Security forces in Uganda shot dead a Muslim cleric accused of working with an armed group linked to Tuesday’s suicide bombings in the capital Kampala.
At least three civilians were killed by attackers on motorbikes who blew themselves up in the city on Tuesday with more than 30 others injured in the attack.
Officials said Sheikh Muhammad Abas Kirevu killed just outside Kampala had recruited for cells run by rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
Now based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Islamist militant ADF was formed in Uganda in the 1990s. In 2019, it pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) and has increasingly carried out attacks in the group’s name.
IS said it was behind and officials have blamed it on the ADF.
Since Tuesday’s attack, 21 people have been arrested.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said 13 suspects; women and children included, were intercepted while trying to cross the border into DR Congo.
On Wednesday, four suspected ADF operatives were killed near the border.
A manhunt is under way for another cleric, Sheikh Suleiman Nsubuga, who is allegedly behind the training, radicalisation, and supply of material to make improvised explosive devices to militants linked to the ADF.