Unidentified assailants have killed two tourists and burnt their car in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese District.
According to security agencies, the incident occurred on Tuesday along Katwe Road between Lake Nyamununka and Kabatooro.
The Defence and Army UPDF spokesperson, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye, and his police counterpart Fred Enanga also confirmed the attack and said they have dispatched soldiers to hunt down the killers. The attackers are said to have ambushed the tourists and their driver.
“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. Our joint forces responded immediately upon receiving the information and are aggressively pursuing the suspected ADF rebels. We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” Enanga said.
This comes two days after President Museveni said some ADF rebels, who have been bombarded out of their hideouts in DR Congo, had crossed over to Uganda and were planning terrorist attacks.
“This is to inform you that yesterday, the 14th of October, 2023, our fighter-bombers paid a visit to the ADF terrorists at 4 different points. These points were at: 72kms, 120kms, 69kms and 130kms from the border on the Bundibugyo-Semiliki side. It seems quite a number of terrorists were killed,” he said.
“As a consequence, the terrorists are running from Congo which they thought was heaven and re-entering Uganda and trying to commit some random terrorist acts,” he added.
On Sunday, the President reported that some terrorists abandoned the bombs which were found at churches in Kibibi, Butambala, before they were reported to the Police and defused.
In 2019, an American tourist and her driver were rescued unharmed after being kidnapped in the same Queen Elizabeth national park in southwestern Uganda.
Kimberley Sue Endecott, 35, was abducted by gunmen in Queen Elizabeth National Park, near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo, on April 2. The kidnappers later demanded a ransom of $500,000 for her release.