Eric Alyai, the local tourist guide who tragically lost his life in Queen Elizabeth National Park, along with two foreign tourists, has now been identified. Alyai was a dedicated employee of Gorillas Wildlife Safari, a local tour company.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has refrained from disclosing the names of the deceased tourists, but they have revealed that the group included a UK citizen and a South African citizen. The incident unfolded when the trio was traveling in a Land Cruiser with registration number UBF 303C, which was subsequently set ablaze by the assailants.
Incidents of this nature are exceedingly uncommon within Uganda’s national parks. The cowardly attack occurred between Lake Nyamununka and Kabatooro, as confirmed by the police in a statement released on Tuesday. They reported that the three individuals were killed, and their safari vehicle was intentionally destroyed.
In response to this distressing event, the joint forces swiftly launched an operation to pursue the suspected ADF rebels. The nationalities of the deceased tourists have yet to be ascertained.
The ramifications of this incident are expected to reverberate through Uganda’s tourism industry, causing concerns for both local and international travelers.
These killings occurred amid ongoing efforts by Ugandan security forces to track down ADF terrorists in their hideouts within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The ADF, an armed insurgent movement linked to the Islamic State, has been held responsible for a series of terrorist attacks in both the DRC and Uganda.
Recent ADF activities have included the ambush of a trailer transporting onions from Kisoro to the Mpondwe Lhubiriha border, resulting in the vehicle being set ablaze. This incident unfolded at Katojo Junction along the Bwera-Kinyamaseke-Kasese Road in Kasese District.
In a particularly gruesome attack in June, ADF militants killed 41 people at a school near the DRC border in Kasese.
President Museveni has firmly stated that Ugandan security services are committed to pursuing ADF members wherever they may seek refuge, whether it be in Congo, Uganda, South Africa, or any other location.
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