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Uganda says it foiled bomb attack on Gen. Lokech burial

Uganda says it foiled bomb attack on Gen. Lokech burial

Uganda said on Friday it had foiled a suicide bomb attack against the state funeral of top police and army commander who led a major African Union offensive against al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.

Security forces said they had arrested a man on Thursday in the northern town of Pader on the eve of the funeral for Major General Paul Lokech, nicknamed the “Lion of Mogadishu”.

“The suspect was found with an assortment of bomb-making materials,” army spokesperson Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso said in a statement, identifying him as Ugandan national Katumba Abdul, also known as Ben.

The materials included a home-made bomb, suicide vests, detonators, ammonium sulphate, switches and mobile phones used to detonate the device, she said.

 Major General Paul Lokech, died Saturday, August 21, 2021, after a blood clot in the lungs at his home in Buwate, Kira Municipality in Wakiso district.

In 2011 while on tour of duty in Somalia, Maj. Gen. Lokech launched a major offensive that flashed out the al-Shabaab militants from Mogadishu where he was serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). 

He also served as Contingent Commander and is described as the Lion of Somalia in military circles. 

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