Suspected Mastermind of 2021 Kampala Bomb Attacks Killed During Arrest Operation

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Kampala, Uganda — Joint security forces have announced the elimination of Yasin Ddamulira, also known as Musubuzi, a man suspected to be one of the masterminds behind the 2021 bomb attacks on Kampala’s Central Police Station (CPS) and Parliamentary Avenue. The operation took place in Mityana, where Ddamulira was killed during an attempt to arrest him.

Col Deo Akiiki, the deputy defence spokesperson, confirmed the development, stating that Ddamulira was “put out of action” by the security forces.

The coordinated operation aimed to apprehend the suspect, who had been on the radar of security agencies for his alleged involvement in the deadly attacks.

“The operation, conducted by Defence Intelligence Security and Counter Terrorism forces, ended in a fierce exchange of gunfire, ultimately resulting in the death of the suspect and the recovery of an assault rifle,” Col Akiki said.

He said the deceased had been on the run since the arrest of Musa Kabanda, alias Akman, who was apprehended following the 2021 bombing.

It said that Kabanda, during his interrogation, revealed that Ddamulira  was a key collaborator in the planning of the attack, alongside Abas Sekimpi, currently on remand, and Nsubuga Sulaiman, who was arrested on April 27, 2024.

The intelligence that led to Ddamulira’s location in Mityana came during follow-up operations by Defence Intelligence Security, who detected communication signals linked .

Acting swiftly on this information, Counter Terrorism forces and police units moved in to apprehend him but during an exchange, he was shot dead.

Col Akiiki said an SMG rifle was recovered from the scene.

The 2021 bombings shocked the nation, resulting in multiple casualties and prompting a heightened security alert across the country.

The explosions at the CPS and near Parliament caused widespread fear and condemnation, with authorities launching extensive investigations to track down those responsible.

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