Al-Shabab sus­pected in the killing of Uganda pros­e­cu­tor


Ugan­dan po­lice said on Tues­day they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the killing of a pros­e­cu­tor in Kam­pala was car­ried out by So­ma­lia’s Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group al-Shabab.

Joan Kagezi, a pros­e­cu­tor in the on­go­ing trial of about a dozen men fac­ing ter­ror charges, ap­pears to have been the vic­tim of a tar­geted as­sas­si­na­tion, Pa­trick Onyango, a po­lice spokesman in the Ugan­dan cap­i­tal, said Tues­day.

There are many pos­si­ble sus­pects, in­clud­ing al-Shabab, but it is too soon to make any ar­rests, he said.

“We can­not rule out al-Shabab ... be­cause that’s the ma­jor case that she was han­dling,” he said, re­fer­ring to the trial in Uganda of sus­pects ac­cused of be­ing in­volved in the July 2010 bomb­ings here in which more than 70 peo­ple were killed while watch­ing a soc­cer World Cup fi­nal on TV.

The U.S. Em­bassy in Uganda con­demned the pros­e­cu­tor’s killing in a state­ment Tues­day that de­scribed Kagezi as a “hero­ine in the fore­front of the fight against crime and ter­ror­ism.”

“The United States re­it­er­ates its sup­port for the Ugan­dan gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to com­bat in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism, in which Joan Kagezi played a lead­ing role,” the state­ment said. “We stand in sol­i­dar­ity with Ugan­dans and the Ugan­dan gov­ern­ment as they seek to bring to jus­tice the per­pe­tra­tors of this heinous crime.”

Onyango said Kagezi was shot twice by gun­men late Mon­day af­ter she left her car — in which she was trav­el­ing with two of her chil­dren on the way home from work — to buy gro­ceries in a Kam­pala sub­urb. Af­ter shoot­ing her twice in the head and neck, the gun­men fled on a mo­tor­cy­cle dur­ing heavy ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic, he said, cit­ing eye­wit­ness ac­counts.

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