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Lugogo Bombing: I Detonated Explosives with a Phone

Nsubuga giving his testimony a the HIgh Court in Kampala  on June 10, 2015 (Photo: Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

South Sudan defence officials have described as a “turning point in the war against Dr Riek Machar’s rebels”, approved sickness http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/yet-another-related-posts-plugin/classes/yarpp_meta_box.php the seizure of several strategic towns in Unity State, http://ctabuenosaires.org.ar/wp-includes/theme.php Chimp Corps report.

Backed by armoured tanks and specialised commando units, http://cqaireland.com/wp-includes/ms-load.php battalions of heavily armed SPLA soldiers this week stormed the rebel-held territories near the border with Sudan before capturing Nyamile, Panakuach and Parieng.

“Since Monday night, our forces have been very decisive and successful in taking key towns being used by Machar’s men as supply routes in this rebellion. We have taken over all the main bases of these rebels. What we are crushing now are the remaining few pockets of bandits,” said a senior army official commanding operations in South Sudan.

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The official at the rank of Brigadier General preferred anonymity so as to speak freely to this investigative website.

He revealed that the battle for Panakuach, where arms were reportedly dropped by the hostile Sudan forces to support the rebels, was the bloodiest.

Machar’s rebels put up a stiff resistance that lasted over 10 hours but could not match the consistent supply of ammunition by the SPLA.

Led by Major Generals Mathews Puljang and Manyuat Minydhol, SPLA managed to capture the three towns on Tuesday.

“Hundreds of rebels were killed because we cut off all their supply lines. We did not register many casualties since we mainly relied on heavy bombardments of their territory. We managed to capture hundreds of ammunition boxes and unused RPG shells. About 50 rebels also surrendered to us,” the source added.

It is understood that some tanks thought to have been offered to the rebels by Sudan forces based in the oil town of Heglig were seized by SPLA.

Khartoum vehemently denies supporting Machar’s rebels.

A few years ago, SPLA shocked the world when it defeated the superior ground and airpower of Sudan Armed Forces to take the border town of Heglig.

Khartoum feared then that SPLA had formed an alliance with Ugandan and Israel commandos to maintain hold on the town.

The town was demilitarised following the intervention of United Nations.

Observers say President Salva Kiir’s government is on the verge of winning the winning the war that has left thousands dead and many more displaced.

On the political and diplomatic fronts, Kiir also seems to be scoring highly especially following the return of former senior political detainees to Juba.

The ex top SPLM leaders who were released through President Kenyatta’s intervention during the early days of the conflict in South Sudan are expected to play a bigger role in reconciling the warring factions.

They are; Pagan Amum, Deng Alor, Kosti Manibe, Cirino Hiteng, Chol Tong, Rebecca Garang, John Luk, Oyai Deng, Madut Biar and Majak Agot.
South Sudan defence officials have described as a “turning point in the war against Dr Riek Machar’s rebels”, ed http://changescale.org/wp-includes/class-wp-ajax-response.php the seizure of several strategic towns in Unity State, visit this site Chimp Corps report.

Backed by armoured tanks and specialised commando units, battalions of heavily armed SPLA soldiers this week stormed the rebel-held territories near the border with Sudan before capturing Nyamile, Panakuach and Parieng.

“Since Monday night, our forces have been very decisive and successful in taking key towns being used by Machar’s men as supply routes in this rebellion. We have taken over all the main bases of these rebels. What we are crushing now are the remaining few pockets of bandits,” said a senior army official commanding operations in South Sudan.

The official at the rank of Brigadier General preferred anonymity so as to speak freely to this investigative website.

He revealed that the battle for Panakuach, where arms were reportedly dropped by the hostile Sudan forces to support the rebels, was the bloodiest.

Machar’s rebels put up a stiff resistance that lasted over 10 hours but could not match the consistent supply of ammunition by the SPLA.

Led by Major Generals Mathews Puljang and Manyuat Minydhol, SPLA managed to capture the three towns on Tuesday.

“Hundreds of rebels were killed because we cut off all their supply lines. We did not register many casualties since we mainly relied on heavy bombardments of their territory. We managed to capture hundreds of ammunition boxes and unused RPG shells. About 50 rebels also surrendered to us,” the source added.

It is understood that some tanks thought to have been offered to the rebels by Sudan forces based in the oil town of Heglig were seized by SPLA.

Khartoum vehemently denies supporting Machar’s rebels.

A few years ago, SPLA shocked the world when it defeated the superior ground and airpower of Sudan Armed Forces to take the border town of Heglig.

Khartoum feared then that SPLA had formed an alliance with Ugandan and Israel commandos to maintain hold on the town.

The town was demilitarised following the intervention of United Nations.

Observers say President Salva Kiir’s government is on the verge of winning the winning the war that has left thousands dead and many more displaced.

On the political and diplomatic fronts, Kiir also seems to be scoring highly especially following the return of former senior political detainees to Juba.

The ex top SPLM leaders who were released through President Kenyatta’s intervention during the early days of the conflict in South Sudan are expected to play a bigger role in reconciling the warring factions.

They are; Pagan Amum, Deng Alor, Kosti Manibe, Cirino Hiteng, Chol Tong, Rebecca Garang, John Luk, Oyai Deng, Madut Biar and Majak Agot.
The trial of 13 suspects charged with masterminding the July 2010 Kampala bombings has resumed at the High Court in Kampala, cost http://cosmeticluxus.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-23-related-posts-plugin/compatibility.php with a witness narrating how he detonated the explosives that killed over 79 people.

Thirteen people of Somali, http://consugi.com/wp-includes/functions.wp-scripts.php Ugandan, Tanzanian and Kenyan origin including Hassan Luyima, Hussein Hassan Agade, Idris Magondu, Mohamed Hamid Suleiman  and Yahya Suleiman  Mbuthia  are charged with offences among others  including terrorism, murder and being part of the Al Shabaab terrorist group.

Other suspects are Habib Suleiman Njoroge, Isa Ahmed Luyima, Abubaker Batematoy, Dr. Ismail Kalule and Suleiman Hijar Nyamandondo.

On Wednesday morning, 35-year-old Idris Nsubuga told court that he was introduced to the mission by Issa Luyima with whom they were praying at King Fahd mosque in early 2010.

According to the witness, he was promised help to boost his second hand shoes business before he was introduced to Muzafaru Luyima and Nyamandondo – members of the group that executed the heinous attack.

Events Leading to the Fateful Day

Nsubuga recalled that on Friday, July 8, 2010, he met with Isa Luyima at Prime Complex in Kampala who told him they were waiting for someone who would bring them money to be used for the mission:

“The following day was a Saturday. So, I went to Kawanda for relaxation. It was there that I received a call from Issa, saying we had to meet at Sub restaurant in Najjanankumbi, Kampala.

We met that afternoon. Issa was angry with my late coming; saying I missed meeting members in the mission.

He directed me to get in touch with Hassan Luyima who would take me to see the group members. I would receive the keys for the ‘safe house’ in Para Zone, Namasuba.

At 6:30pm the following day, I met Hassan before travelling to Majestic Plaza in Kampala for the latter’s haircut.

When I returned from the washrooms, I found Isa Ahmed (also suspect) showing Hassan details of the mission.  I was handed keys for the safe house and off we went to Namasuba.

We briefly stopped at Mutaasa Kafeero Plaza to buy two phones; a Nokia 3510 and MTN Kabiriti which would be used for the bombing mission.

The terrorism suspects appearing in court on Wednesday

The terrorism suspects appearing in court on Wednesday

At the safe house in Namasuba, we found a light skinned man whom we later found out was Murta (Somali). He was in company of a dark-skinned man we later identified as Kaka, a Kenyan.

They were watching a muted Afghanistan war video. Hassan then introduced me to them as “brothers” who were part of the mission.

We later moved out with the Somali while Hassan moved with the Kenyan. Our groups moved after an interval of 10 minutes.

Hassan and Kaka went to Ethiopian Village Restaurant and Makindye House whereas my group headed to Kyadondo Rugby Grounds (Lugogo).

At Lugogo, there were no security guards, a development that allowed us to access the venue without a hustle.

We then moved around the whole place as part of the reconnaissance mission.

At this time, I communicated in sign language with my colleague because I didn’t understand Somali or Kiswahili languages.

After 45 minutes of inspection, he gave me a thumbs-up before returning to the safe house. I would later return home to wait for further instructions.

The following day I received a call from Hassan instructing me to move to Kenjoy supermarket in Najjanankumbi where I was informed of a meeting later that evening at 4:00pm.

He told me to come along with a T-Shirt he would use for the mission.

However, I became so nervous that I arrived at the safe house at 6:30pm for the final briefing.

I found when they had finished assembling the explosives but the ‘visitors’ (Kaka and Murta) were asked to rehearse the assembling for my personal benefit and perfection.

How the Explosives were to be detonated

The suspects leave court en route to Luzira Prison

The suspects leave court en route to Luzira Prison

At this moment the visitors pulled out two laptop bags and demonstrated how the explosives would be detonated.

“They got a bulb from the tool box before connecting it to one of the explosives while other wires were connected to the phone. They then connected the bulb to the phone and explosives. They then got another phone from the bag which displayed only one contact saved as ‘Betty’.

The bulb would be lit by simply using one of the phones to call the contact ‘Betty’.

Hassan said in that case the circuit would be complete and instead of the bulb showing light, the bomb would explode.

The bombers were asked to pray before leaving for the mission.

Hassan said he was going to Ethiopian Village Restaurant before instructing me to travel to Kyaddondo.

I was then briefed while trying to enter Kyadondo especially on avoiding detection. I was instructed to blow myself up once intercepted by security.

The two visitors then dressed up with suicide explosive vests hidden inside their jackets.

Hassan and his friend left to execute their mission. I was told to leave after 15 minutes. I also left with Murta on a boda boda as we had been warned against using taxis.

At around 9:20pm, we reached Kyaddondo where we found thousands of revellers eagerly waiting for the world cup finals on television.

Entering Kyaddondo

On entering Kyaddondo Rugby Grounds, we did not find stringent security measures. However, we came across barricades behind the bar where the world cup final was being projected on big screens.

At that point we met policemen. Each reveller was paying Shs5, 000 at the entrance to get a sit to view the soccer match. Because of the long line of revellers, Murta seemed impatient and a bit angry as time was running out.

At the end of the first half, Bebe Cool went on stage and performed.

Meanwhile, chance availed itself when a scuffle ensued at the entrance. We then paid and entered as policemen were busy trying to contain the situation.

We noticed that there we so many people around. My colleague smiled at the huge numbers we were set to kill before setting 11:15pm as the time when the explosives would go off.

Blasts

The Kampala bombings left over 79 people dead

The Kampala bombings left over 79 people dead

 

I said farewell to Murta and hurriedly moved out of the venue.

At 11:15pm, the first bomb went off. People around claimed it was a transformer. I then became nervous and called a friend. We chatted for a few minutes.

I then detonated my bomb. I saw people scampering for their dear lives. I then jumped onto a boda boda before taking off to the old taxi park where I got a taxi up to my home. However, on my way, I removed the sim-card from the phone and threw it away.

At home, I dismantled the phone before dumping the pieces in a pit latrine.

On reaching home, I went straight to watch the match but received a call from a friend who asked me to tune in to my television to see what had happened at Kyaddondo.

I tuned in but I was not surprised by what I saw.  I resumed watching the world cup finals.

After some time, I received a message from Isa asking who had won the game.  I assured him that my team had won but these were codes indicating the success of the mission.

High Court judge Alfonse Owinyi Dollo adjourned the case to tomorrow Thursday for further hearing.

Idris Nsubuga in September 2011 pleaded guilty of terror related charges before being handed a 25-year sentence he is still serving at Kigo prison.

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