UGANDA: Persecution of Moslems continues as regime denies parents access to MOSQUE raid kids
Ugandan police officers secure the cordoned off site following a joint Uganda Police Force and Army security operation upon a “radicalisation centre” at the Kampala Usafi mosque on April 28, 2018. AFP PHOTO
Usafi mosque raid: Police deny parents access to rescued children
KAMPALA (DAILY MONITOR) – Parents of children rescued from Usafi Mosque during a raid by security agencies have been denied access to them.
On Thursday, about 12 parents camped at CID headquarters in Kibuli, Kampala with hope of seeing their children. However, they were told to leave because police are still conducting investigations.
Ugandan police said Saturday they had stumbled upon a “radicalisation centre” at a Kampala mosque, shooting dead two people, arresting dozens and rescuing over 100 women and children.
The children have since been put into police custody as they record statements and the Ministry of Gender and Social development forges a way forward for rehabilitating the victims who are believed to have been radicalised.
Ismail Nsubuga, one of the parents whose three children were taken during the raid, says that the children were not at the mosque, but staying with relatives in a rented house opposite the mosque.
However, the police spokesperson in charge of CID Vincent Ssekate says, police will hand over the children to the parents after investigations have been completed.
During an ensuing shoot-out, police said one officer was wounded, two men were shot dead and 36 arrested and accused of hoarding weapons.
The crime shocked Ugandans and President Museveni ordered intelligence agencies to lead an investigation.
“If the suspect had not gone into the mosque we would have had no reason to enter,” Odong said. “We take strong exception to places of worship being used to commit crime.”
Mr Odong said the children discovered inside “looked scared and traumatised” and appeared to be from Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya as well as Uganda.
—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: May 04, 2018 at 06:06PM