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Honeymooning couple among three dead in Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park attack



Honeymooning couple among three dead in Uganda Queen Elizabeth National Park attack

Ugandan Authorities has confirmed that a couple on their honeymoon were killed in a “cowardly terrorist attack” at a national park in the south-west.


The tourists were from the UK and South Africa, while their guide was Ugandan.


Uganda’s police said the trio were killed, and their vehicle burned in the Queen Elizabeth National Park.


It said joint forces were pursuing suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group.


The Uganda Wildlife Authority said the victims were two tourists on their honeymoon and a guide.


General Yoweri Museveni said on social media platform X that the Ugandan High Commission in the UK would provide support to the families of the murdered couple.


The ADF is an IS-linked Islamist group that traces its roots to Uganda but operates mainly in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.


The two countries have intensified operations targeting the group in recent months.


On Monday, Uganda’s president said police had foiled a plot, allegedly planned by ADF militants, to bomb churches in the country’s central Butambala district.


Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said on X, formerly known as Twitter: “We have registered a cowardly terrorist attack on two foreign tourists and a Ugandan in Queen Elizabeth National Park.


“The three were killed, and their safari vehicle burnt.”


He added that the police are “aggressively pursuing” the suspected rebels and expressed “our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.”


The police force also posted a photograph of a green four-wheel-drive vehicle on fire.


Bashir Hangi, spokesperson for the Uganda Wildlife Authority, said the attack took place on Tuesday evening.


The Uganda Wildlife Authority said in a statement that all parks remain open, adding: “We urge the public to remain patient and allow the investigative process to run its course.”


The UK Foreign Office has updated its travel advice for the country, warning the “attackers remain at large.”


Source: BBC

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