In a rare and unfortunate incident, a local tour guide was killed in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. The guide, identified as Eric Alyai, worked for Gorillas Wildlife Safari, a local tour company. Two foreign tourists, whose identities have been kept confidential, also lost their lives in the attack.
The assailants, suspected to be members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), set ablaze the Land Cruiser in which the trio was traveling, bearing registration number UBF 303C. The attack occurred between Lake Nyamununka and Kabatooro, a location where such incidents are infrequent in Uganda’s national parks.
Law enforcement authorities swiftly responded to the incident, expressing their commitment to aggressively pursue the suspected ADF rebels. The nationalities of the deceased tourists remain undisclosed at this time.
This tragic event is expected to have significant repercussions on Uganda’s tourism industry. The ADF, an Islamic-state linked armed insurgent movement, has been responsible for multiple terrorist attacks in both the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda. Ugandan security forces have been actively engaged in operations to track down ADF terrorists in their DRC hideouts.
Recent incidents involving ADF activities include an attack on a trailer carrying onions and the burning of the vehicle at Katojo Junction in Kasese District. Additionally, in June, militants carried out a devastating attack on a school near the DRC border, resulting in the loss of 41 lives.
President Museveni affirmed the commitment of security services to thwart ADF activities, wherever they may occur, including Congo, Uganda, South Africa, or any other location.