11 girls, aged 13-18 rescued from Usafi Market Mosque where they were being held without their consent say they were raped by their captors.
The development was revealed by Patrick Onyango, the deputy police spokesperson during a press briefing at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala, this morning.
According to Onyango, suspects who were arrested during a joint security operation a week ago, take full responsibility of their actions. During the raid, police and sister security agencies rescued over 100 women and children who were being held captive. 2 captors were shot dead and 35 others arrested to help with investigations. Also arrested, was a suspect in the murder of Susan Magara.
However, deputy military spokesperson Deo Akiiki says the country is very secure and the case of Magara’s kidnap and death is still high on agenda.
He added that Uganda police force will continue handling the case. “We are going to do this together but we won’t do much. We shall bring in the aspects concerning other security agencies” He said.
Now, Onyango told the press that the said mosque is still a crime scene and that investigations are still ongoing. He further explained that among the women arrested in the raid, three are of Burundian origin.
“Unfortunately, they have refused to talk investigators but it has been proven that they are of sound mind” Onyango said.
Suspects are being charged with kidnap with intent to demand ransom, murder, defilement, human trafficking, and sexual violence among others.