The suspected suicide bomber has been detained in Uganda for planning to blow up mourners at the funeral of an army commander popularly known as “the Lion of Mogadishu”.
Maj-Gen Paul Lokech earned his nickname from the time he headed the African Union force in Somalia (Amisom) in the mid-2000s.
He is credited with flushing out al-Shabab Islamist militants from the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Amisom said he would be remembered as a “towering icon in the fight against armed militants” and that he left behind a legacy that would never be forgotten.
The 55-year-old, who was serving as deputy inspector general of the police, died of a blood clot at his home on Saturday.
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President Yoweri Museveni had been expected to attend Friday’s funeral service in the northern district of Pader.
The suspect was arrested on Thursday afternoon at a guest house near Pader in a joint operation by the security agencies.
Army spokesperson Flavia Byekwaso said he was found with an assortment of bomb-making material, including bomb bags, suicide vests, detonators, wire cutters and ammonium sulphate.
His alleged accomplices had been identified and an operation was ongoing to find them, she said.
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