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Hundreds Forced Out of Their Homes as Police, Army Hunt for Missing Police Gun in Napak

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Grace Nachap, one of the residents says security personnel forced her into the coldness together with her child. "It was around 4 am when I was trying to open my door to come and help myself; I saw soldiers and police deployed around every house. I was ordered to get back inside my houses I got confused because I didn't know what was happening," she said.
25 Feb 2021 12:30
Residents Sitting out side Kangole town council in Napak district as army and policr search their houses on Thursday.
Business has grounded to a halt in Kangole town council in Napak district following an ongoing joint security operation by the Police and Uganda People’s Defense Forces- UPDF.  

The cordon and search operation started around 5 am this morning. Apparently, nobody is being allowed to leave their home until it has been searched by the officers. The operation stems from a suspected rapist who fled with a loaded firearm from Kangole Police Station on Tuesday.  

Grace Nachap, one of the residents says security personnel forced her into the coldness together with her child. "It was around 4 am when I was trying to open my door to come and help myself; I saw soldiers and police deployed around every house. I was ordered to get back inside my houses I got confused because I didn't know what was happening," she said.

Joremah Losike, a trader says that he was travelling to Mbale to buy merchandise but was blocked by police and soldiers from leaving. "I don't know what time the soldiers and the police were deployed around our houses but if it’s for a good reason I have no problem because we want peace," he said.

Major Peter Mugisa, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson confirmed the operation, saying it’s aimed at getting rid of criminals from the district. He said Kangole town council has registered several cases of gun crime in the recent past.

"That operation was necessary given the fact that a lot of crime has been happening in Kangole and those people claim they don't know that criminals," he said. However, the officers were yet to recover a single weapon by the time of publishing this story.