The killers of three people last week in western Uganda accused them of supporting Christian work.
A Ugandan Christian tour guide, Eric Alyai, and a foreign married couple were on Tuesday, October 17th, shot dead by suspected Islamic terrorists of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in western Uganda’s massive Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kasese District.
British tourist David Barlow, and his South African wife, 51-year-old Celia Barlow, were killed at 6:30 p.m. along the park’s Katwe Road between L. Nyamununka and Kabatooro, according to security agencies.
An eyewitness told Morning Star News that she heard the sound of bullets and hid. When the Muslim extremists approached the tourists’ vehicle, they shouted, “We know you are the people who are supporting Christians in Uganda and coming in the name of tourists,” according to the resident, whose name is withheld for security reasons.
“Then and there they fired on them and then later burnt the vehicle to ashes,” according to Christian Headlines.
Alyai, a resident of Entebbe municipality in Wakiso District, was known to take tourists to Christian-owned hotels in Kasese, which helped generate income for the local church, and he also took Christian tourists to churches in Kasese, sources said. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Mutamba, and a small child.
“Many people in Kasese are now mourning for the death of Eric Alyai,” a source told Morning Star News. “He was known for his good work in tourism as well as supporting the work of God in western Uganda.”
Authorities suspected ADF terrorists in the killing, according to security group Crisis24. Originally based in western Uganda, the ADF has operated in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu Province since the late 1990s.
The ADF is considered one of the most lethal of more than 120 armed groups in the eastern DRC. In 2019 the ADF split into two factions, with one merging into the Islamic State Central Africa Province. The U.S. government in 2021 designated the ADF as a foreign terrorist organization with links to the Islamic State.