Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Gunmen Attack Northern Uganda Town as Military Arrest Scores

Gunmen on Sunday night attacked a police station in the northern Ugandan district of Gulu in a bid to rescue their colleague who was due to appear in court over an attack on a military installation.

The police and the military in a joint operation foiled the attack although the causality figures are not yet known since the incident occurred, according to Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson.

The shootout, according to Enanga, who was speaking to a local television station, a policeman and a military officer were injured.

Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the military spokesman, said three of the attackers surrendered and five riffles were recovered plus one machine gun. Three vehicles and three motor cycles were abandoned by the attackers as they fled.

Gulu is a major town in northern Uganda, and the region has been facing over two decades of insurgency by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army.

Earlier during the attack, there were unconfirmed local media reports that the shootout that lasted close to thirty minutes was about a mutiny of soldiers protesting the arrest of their commanders. Police dismissed the allegation.

This is not the first incident happening in the east African country in the last six months.

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