5 January 2013

Somalia: Ugandan Rebel Group Has Links With Somali Militants, a Report Says

Photo: New Vision/File
Uganda forces: The government has beefed up security amid reports of international terrorists sneaking into the country.

Kampala — A UN report alleges that there is a link between Somalia's Al Qaida inspired group of Al Shabab and the Ugandan rebel group of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and that the two group's connection is spreading through east Africa.

According to the report, ADF has established a link with Somalia's militant group of Al Shabab which is now weaker after Somali government forces backed by African union thrashed the group in many battlefields in south Somalia.

Uganda has contributed the bulk of the AU forces in Somalia and Al Shabab carried out a deadly bombing attack in Uganda in 2010, clearly in retaliation to Uganda's deployment to Somalia.

Despite the hatred of Al Shabab on the presence of African union forces in Somalia, the Somali public fully accepts their presence and rejoices their sacrifices in restoring peace in Somalia.

Ugandan police force issued an alert last Monday on possible terror attacks by ADF during the celebration of the new year but luckily nothing bad happened.

Copyright © 2013 Shabelle Media Network. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.