Swede among terrorist suspects held in Uganda

A Swedish national is among a group of three people arrested on Uganda's eastern border on suspicion of having ties to a terrorist group, according to a local media report.

The woman was among three people arrested last Wednesday aboard a bus from Nairobi in Kenya to Kamapal in Uganda on suspicion of links to the Somali terrorist group Islamist Al-Shabaab, according to a report in the Ugandan Monitor newspaper.

According to the newspaper’s sources the police had received information that the suspects were on their way to Kampala to deploy bombs. Al-Shabaab has previously threatened terror attacks in Uganda and Burundi as the countries have refused to withdraw their forces from Somalia.

One of the three arrested, a woman, had two passports, one of which was Swedish.

The three suspects were arrested and taken to Kampala to be interrogated further.

Teo Zetterman at the Foreign Ministry’s press service said that the ministry is aware of the information in the media.

“Staff from the Embassy in Kampala have spoken to a police officer, but have not been able to get this information confirmed. The embassy will seek new contact with the police tomorrow (Sunday),” said Teo Zetterman.

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