Children and Women are found in a Mosque raid in Uganda along with 36 arrests

April 30, 2018 | Brainwave Science


On the past Friday, 27th of April, the Uganda Police Force in a joint operation with other security agencies conducted an operation at Usafi mosque in Kisenyi and other locations in and around Kampala, killing 2 suspected terrorists. The operation conducted by Ugandan Security Forces left 2 terror suspects dead and 36 arrested, according to the Police. Furthermore, 18 women and 94 children of various nationalities were rescued from the Mosque. Police also recovered weapons, including 60 rounds of ammunition a bow and arrow and 23 machetes.

In fact, the Mosque was not on intelligence radar, they were actually following a murder investigation of Susan Magara who was kidnapped early February. In a statement to the media, Internal Affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo said: “Following credible intelligence, one of the key suspects in the murder of Magara ran into Usafi mosque in Kisenyi having known that he was being tracked by security agencies.”

It is believed as per several media reporting and intelligence collection by authorities that Usafi Mosque may have been the headquarters of an alleged human trafficking and Islamist radicalization center.  Emilian Kayima, the police spokesperson in a brief statement said that “a sizeable number of suspects involved in acts of terrorism and radicalization were arrested.” Local council official Hassan Kiberu said “I’ve never been in that mosque before. The people who went there didn’t allow anyone in,” and referred the Mosque’s leader had been arrested a month ago, after complaints from neighbors who suspected him of disseminating extremist messages. “I think they were grooming those kids in there for something,” he said. The men arrested are suspects of involvement in the kidnapping and illegal detention of the women and children from various East African countries according to Mr. Kiberu.


Last year, police raided Nakasero Mosque and arrested 11 Muslims over acts of criminality. During the same month, another mosque in Kiwatule was raided and 13 more Muslims including eight Indian missionaries were arrested but later, they were released with police saying they had acted on false intelligence. Agencies are scrambling to avoid tough questions and Daily Monitor reports that ‘ One security operative, who declined to be named, blamed the mess at the mosque on former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura, whom he said ordered police to arrest the group before reversing the order’.  The mosque had been on the radar and the reportedly the former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura ignored the intelligence available. A senior police officer, who was closely associated with the operation, said the former police chief was at the time likely being misled by rival Muslim groups. Law enforcement authorities face a challenge in such delicate situations when they cannot afford to hurt sensibilities of a specific sect, religion or ethnic group.  They need to have hard evidence or credible reason to enter religious places of worship in order to advance investigations. How can Uganda Police Force take charge of such an unexpected discovery and be one step ahead of these groups of criminals?


What if there was a technology that could help uncover specific concealed information stored in the brain of a suspect? Well, there is and it is called – iCognative by Brainwave Science. This is an advanced security investigative solution that distinguishes between innocents and suspects by detecting concealed information in the brain. Such technology is applicable in virtually all cases (in which investigation has been conducted) pertaining to Law Enforcement, Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Border Security. Investigators can become more effective by using iCognative by Brainwave Science since it only relies on events stored in the brain, it can be used in cases that have gone cold and remain unsolved for years. The system behind the technology is automated guided by intelligent algorithms with minimal human intervention, virtually eliminates all errors, and has unparalleled accuracy rates.

In the specific case of human trafficking organization which allegedly was trying to radicalize kidnapped women and children, as well on Susan Magara’s murder, iCognative by Brainwave Science would have potentially played an instrumental role to help gather intelligence on activities going on in the mosque. If only during reported investigations carried out last year when police raided Nakasero mosque and arrested 11 Muslims over acts of criminality, use of iCognative could have unraveled if there was a larger ongoing use of mosques or places of worship to be used for radicalization.

For the murder case of Susan Magara the suspect who ran into the Mosque, the 33-people arrested in the Mosque along with the murder suspect, the rescued victims and any possible witnesses as well all of these individuals can be subjected to a iCognative test. Such a broad range and nefarious nexus of criminal activities including potential terrorist activities, radicalization, murder as well as human trafficking, in all of these crimes iCognative can actively support authorities.

In only takes up to 15 minutes to build up the test case. All the confidential information that only investigative agents know and that is relevant to the perpetrator – will be input into the system to conduct the test on all subjects.

In this situation, 2 paths of investigation can be considered, the one regarding Magara’s murder and the one to dismantle a human trafficking group. Uganda Police Force and Army Security can consider as inputs all the confidential information they have not disclosed to media and narrow down suspects.  All the information can be used as stimuli, input into the system in the form of pictures or phrases or words depending on the form that they’re available in.

The test is undertaken with 100% safety and over 99% accuracy in just 45 minutes, which makes this time and cost-effective in comparison to the time a thorough investigation of 36 people arrested can take. Agencies can now narrow down the number of suspects in a matter of days all because of iCognative testing.

In this case, using iCognative by Brainwave Science can allow victims to return sooner to their families, avoiding new kidnaps, as well as the Islamist radicalization of more people with the intention of spreading the terror.


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