South African Uganda

Ugandan police are “aggressively pursuing” the suspected rebels. Image: Pixabay

South African newlywed killed in “cowardly terrorist attack” in Uganda

A British newlywed, his South African wife and a Ugandan tour guide were killed in a suspected terrorist attack in Uganda.

South African Uganda

Ugandan police are “aggressively pursuing” the suspected rebels. Image: Pixabay

The couple were on a honeymoon safari at Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park when they and their guide were gunned down on Tuesday by attackers with alleged links to ISIS, the country’s president has revealed as he vowed to hunt down the killers.

“It was a cowardly act on the part of the terrorists attacking innocent civilians and tragic for the couple who were newlyweds and visiting Uganda on their honeymoon,” President Yoweri Museveni said on Wednesday.

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After the attack, their vehicle was set on fire. The attack was reportedly carried out by suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist group with links to ISIS that operates mainly in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Uganda and the DRC have been conducting operations against the ADF in recent months.

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On Monday, Uganda’s president said police had foiled a plot, allegedly planned by ADF militants, to bomb churches in the country’s central Butambala district.

On Tuesday’s incident, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said Ugandan police are “aggressively pursuing” the suspected rebels and expressed “our deepest condolences to the families of the victims”.

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The UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for the region, cautioning that the attackers remain at large.

All national parks in Uganda remain open, with authorities urging patience as investigations continue.

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Since April 2019, some ADF attacks have been claimed by ISIS, which describes the ADF as one of its offshoots.

In 2019, a US tourist and her safari guide were kidnapped by four gunmen as they drove through the Queen Elizabeth National Park park at dusk.

The gunmen dragged the pair from their safari vehicle but left behind two other tourists, whom police described as an ‘elderly couple’. The guide and tourist were exchanged after a ransom was paid for their release.