The country’s police last weekend shot dead a terrorism suspect Mugemangango, 39 as he tried to escape from a police vehicle in what is believed to have been a suicidal escape attempt, according to police.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Theos Badege, Rwanda police Commissioner for Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said that Mugemangango’s arrest led them to a number of suspects who are currently in police custody, while others are still at large.
“Several interrogations conducted revealed that Mugemangango had a connection with terrorist jihadist network operating in the region. We have gathered evidences that include mobilization and jihadists teaching materials such as books, CDs and social network messages,” he added.
Without divulging more details about the number of suspects arrested, Badage stated that available information revealed to the police that some of the suspects are beyond Rwanda’s borders.
Police has called for public vigilance, denunciation of radicalization and timely sharing of information relating to security incidents.
Mugemangango, 39, worked as a deputy imam at the Kimironko mosque in the city suburbs of Kigali and was an inspector at the Rwanda Education Board.
Rwanda is Christian dominated; only about 2 percent of the 11-million population are Muslim.
Rwanda Grand Mufti Ibrahim Kayitare has warned Rwandan Muslim community to stay away from all acts of terrorism that represent incorrect interpretations of Islam.
The post genocide nation has not experienced terrorism by any radical groups, however east African neighbours Kenya and Uganda have in the past suffered waves of attacks from Al-Shabaab, the Al Qaida affiliated jihadist group based in Somalia. Enditem