British man shot dead by Isis was killed with new wife on their honeymoon safari
'Of course, these terrorists will pay with their own wretched lives.’
A British newlywed and his wife were among the three people murdered by an Islamic rebel group linked to ISIS while on their honeymoon in Uganda.
The couple, named locally as Dave and Celia Barlow, were on a safari trip touring the Queen Elizabeth National Park on Tuesday when they were attacked by suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group.
Uganda Police Force spokesperson Fred Enanga said: ‘We have registered a cowardly terrorist attack on two foreign tourists and a Ugandan in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
‘The three were killed, and their safari vehicle burnt.
‘Our joint forces responded immediately upon receiving the information and are aggressively pursuing the suspected ADF rebels. We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.’
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni said on social media: ‘It was a cowardly act on the part of the terrorists attacking innocent civilians and tragic for the couple who were newlyweds and visiting Uganda on their honeymoon.
‘Of course, these terrorists will pay with their own wretched lives.’
Ugandan police and the president have said the killers were members of the Allied Democratic Forces, a group with ties to IS.
The Ugandan troops are pursuing members of the group in the nearby Congo.
In his social media post, the president added: ‘Killing these wretched individuals will not bring back the lives of these wonderful friends of Uganda who had chosen our country for their honeymoon out of the 193 countries of the world.
‘Our High Commission in the UK will reach out to their families and provide whatever support is necessary in this tragic situation.’
He added that Ugandan authorities will ensure these ‘mistakes’ will not happen again.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority identified the tourists as being from the UK and South Africa.
Following the incident, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office updated its travel advice for Uganda, warning against ‘all but essential travel’ to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
A statement on its website said: ‘If you are currently in the Park, you should follow the advice of local security authorities. If you are able to do so safely, you should consider leaving the area.’
The Allied Democratic Forces is considered a terrorist organisation by the Ugandan government and was formed in 1996.
The group originally started in western Uganda but has since expanded to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
While repeated military offensives against the ADF have severely impacted it, it has been able to regenerate its recruitment and its financial networks have remained intact.
Some attacks it has been blamed for in the past have been carried out by other rebel forces like the Congolese Armed Forces.
After the imprisonment of its former leader Jamil Mukulu in 2015, the ADF became increasingly radicalised under his successor Musa Baluku.
The group then split in 2019, with one part remaining loyal to Mukulu and the other merging into the Islamic State’s Central Africa Province under Baluku.
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