Security officers in Uganda shot dead two men, arrested dozens and rescued about 100 women and children from a radicalization center in a mosque in Kampala. The police conducted the operation after they caught up with a suspect accused of murder and kidnapping who sought refuge at the Usafi Mosque.
Ugandan Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said that “Ugandan police force in a joint operation with sister security agencies conducted this operation at Usafi mosque in Kisenyi, Kampala, where 18 women and 94 children of various nationalities were all rescued unharmed. Two of the hostage-takers were shot dead after violently and severely injuring one of the security officers.”
Police pursued the suspect in the mosque and they discovered weapons, women, and children.
Authorities in Uganda have been pursuing the likely radicalization of children and the youth in some of the prominent mosques in the capital and have been seeking to end the process. Radicalization in Uganda is especially lethal because of the al Shabaab threat experienced in the region.