Uganda Police have rescued over 100 women and children from an Islamist radicalisation centre in downtown Kampala. Ugandan police say they stumbled on the mosque located in the city’s Central business district as they were pursuing a key suspect connected to kidnappings and killings in the country.
During the operation, two men said to be terrorists were shot dead as they exchanged fire with the forces. Police say they seized weapons among them 60 rounds of ammunition, machetes, arrows and bows. Islamic reading materials were also captured from the mosque.
Locals say the mosque’s leader was arrested a month ago, after complaints from neighbours who suspected him of disseminating extremist messages. “I think they were grooming those kids in there for something,” said a local council official
The 18 women and 94 children from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda were safely moved from the mosque for further investigation. 36 suspects are in custody in connection to the hostages