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Sunday, May 9, 1999 Published at 13:08 GMT 14:08 UK


World: Africa

Uganda offers reward for bombers' capture

Rebel groups are waging guerrilla campaigns throughout Uganda

The Ugandan police have reportedly offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the culprits behind a series of bomb attacks in the capital, Kampala.

A special unit has been set up at police headquarters in Kampala, after several attacks this year which have killed at least 13 people and injured many more.

Last year, bombs planted in bars and restaurants left 13 dead, while pipe bombs placed on buses killed another 27 people.

In the most recent incidents, two bombs exploded in different parts of the city last week, killing two people.

Police say the home-made devices were deliberately planted in busy market areas to cause harm to civilians.

Guerilla campaigns


[ image: Several of the attacks are blamed on the ADF rebel group]
Several of the attacks are blamed on the ADF rebel group
Several opposition groups are carrying out guerrilla campaigns in different parts of the country, aimed at toppling President Yoweri Museveni, who took power in a military coup 13 years ago.

The various guerrilla groups have been blamed for bombings and other attacks on civilians throughout Uganda.

They include:

  • The Lord's Resistance Army, operating mostly in the north
  • The Muslim-dominated Allied Democratic Forces, operating mainly in the south-west
  • The previously unknown People's Freedom Movement, which claimed a responsibility for a bombing in the eastern town of Iganga in March
  • The National Army for the Liberation of Uganda, which in April issued bomb threats against Westerners in Uganda

Many of the Kampala explosions have been blamed on an urban guerilla group with links to the ADF, and the ADF itself has claimed responsibility for certain of the blasts.

However, one of the most serious bombings, which killed four people at a Kampala football stadium in April, was the work of criminals and not rebels, according to the police.





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