Police in Nakaseke on Saturday night confirmed an attack on patrollers in Kapeeka by armed assailants leading to death of an officer of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
Savannah region police say the incident occurred at Kapeeka play grounds in Nakaseke at around 10pm when unknown people armed with a gun attacked security personnel who had a joint patrol of both the police and UPDF who were patrolling at the area where there was a music show.
“The assailants shot at the patrollers and killed one updf personnel identified as Private Tufeyo Obed around 25yrs of age, attached to Namunkekela army detach,” police say in a statement.
“The patrollers retaliated by shooting the assailants and killed two and recovered one gun,”
By publication of this story, the assailants were yet to be identified, bodies were still at the scene and no suspect had been arrested.
The attack was the fourth on security installations in less than a month.
Last week on Thursday November 17, assailants attacked a security installation in Jinja District, killing Sgt Simon Peter Eyagu who was strangled and shot dead while guarding at Ambercourt road close to Gadaffi Barracks Jinja Cantonment.
Two SMG guns were taken by the assailants but the army said efforts were underway to recover them before vowing the assailants will meet the “necessary retaliation.”
The army yesterday Saturday said one of the attackers had been killed and the guns stolen recovered.
Prior to last week’s attack in Jinja, on November 14, unknown gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire at Kensington Police Post in Kyanja at around 1am, sending police officers and locals into panic.
A month earlier, gunmen attacked Busiika police station in Luwero district and killed two police officers, injured two others, and made off with two firearms. One of the injured officers later succumbed to the gunshot wounds.
Security has since blamed the attack on Uganda Forces for Coalition Change, a rebel outfit.
Defence Spokesperson, Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye on Saturday told Radio 4 that at the moment no lead links the attacks to terrorist groups. He said, for now, they regard the attacks as any other crimes appealing to the public not to make rushy conclusions.