Uganda Tightens Border Security Following Kasese District Attack on Oct. 13

As of October 16, ongoing security operations continue in border areas following an attack in Kasese District, Western Region, on October 13. The attack occurred when assailants ambushed a commercial truck in the Katojo area, near the DRC border, resulting in the deaths of at least two civilians. The Islamic State (IS)-aligned Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) has claimed responsibility for this incident.

Expect increased security measures at border areas with the DRC, including checkpoints and vehicle and personnel searches, particularly along major roads such as the A109. Localized transportation delays may occur in the affected region, including at border crossings.

Notably, ADF militants were also responsible for an attack on a school in Mpondwe within the same district on June 16, which tragically resulted in the deaths of at least 37 children. Despite rescue efforts, an unspecified number of people remain unaccounted for as of this writing.

Uganda faces a nationwide threat from terrorist groups like the ADF. While originally based in Uganda, the ADF now primarily operates in the North Kivu and Ituri provinces of the DRC, where it has been implicated in numerous attacks, including bombings. The ADF was also held responsible for suicide bombings in Kampala in late 2021. In response, Uganda initiated a joint security operation (Operation Shujja) with the DRC in border areas to combat ADF strongholds, resulting in the reported deaths of hundreds of militants since 2021. The potential for further attacks exists nationwide, particularly in major urban centers and areas near the DRC border.

Exercise caution near possible attack targets, such as markets, security installations, and other crowded or sensitive locations. Be prepared for potential disruptions near DRC border areas. Foreign nationals should carry their passports at all times, register with their diplomatic missions, and maintain communication with them. Adhere to official security and transportation advisories.

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