THE Ugandan leader of an Islamist militant group accused of carrying out attacks in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo was extradited home from Tanzania on Friday, a government spokesman said.
Jamil Mukulu, the 51-year-old head of the Allied Democratic Forces who was arrested in Tanzania in April, has landed in Uganda where he’s being held in custody and will face trial, Ofwono Opondo said on his Twitter account. Interpol’s wanted- person alert says Mukulu is facing charges of murder.
The ADF began attacking western parts of Uganda about 20 years ago before the country’s security forces drove the fighters into Congo. Under the leadership of Mukulu, a convert to Islam, the group began posing a wider regional threat as it aligned itself with the Islamist extremism movement spreading across East Africa, according to International Crisis Group. It’s unclear if the rebels have any formal links with Islamist organizations, according to the Brussels-based group.
Uganda says the ADF is connected to al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based arm of al-Qaeda, and accuses its followers of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the July 2010 twin bombings in the capital, Kampala, in which 76 people died.
Ugandan troops are part of the 22,000-strong African Union force backing the Somali government in the fight against al- Shabaab.