The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) in Uganda released a group of nine Muslims, consisting of eight men and one woman, with the assistance of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC).
The intervention was led by Sheikh Imran Ssali, Secretary for Religious Affairs, and Sheikh Juma Bakhit Cucu, Secretary for Education.
This group had been taken into custody a month earlier at a mosque in Mpigi town while participating in informal Islamic theological studies. Security authorities suspected their involvement in activities associated with the rebel group, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which operates in the jungles of the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
The arrest took place after one member was caught attempting to flee with his entire family, including his wife and children. During questioning, he disclosed his intention to join the Islamic State, believing it would allow him to practice Islam without any perceived compromises in Uganda. Consequently, the group was detained while a comprehensive investigation was conducted.