Three people, including a South African tourist, died during a “cowardly terrorist attack” in a national park in Uganda.
The South African, a British tourist and a Ugandan guide were killed on Tuesday evening in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in the south-west of Uganda.
The wildlife viewing vehicle they were traveling in was set on fire during the attack.
Suspected rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group are alleged to be responsible for the three’s murder.
The police in Uganda says its joint forces responded immediately to the incident and are currently “aggressively busy” searching for the rebels.
Visitors to the Queen Elizabeth National Park were advised on Tuesday evening not to leave the park in a hurry and preferably to stay overnight.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority meanwhile said all parks in Uganda remain open despite the attack. The authorities did call on foreigners to be vigilant and follow the advice of the local police or their tour guides.
BBC reports that the ADF is an Islamic group with ties to the Islamic State (IS). The group is from Uganda, but mainly operates in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The authorities in Uganda and the DRC have intensified their efforts to capture the rebel group in recent months.
Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan president, said on Monday that the police were able to foil a plot by the ADF to bomb churches in the central Butambala district.
However, the attackers are still at large.