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Five Guns Recovered, Four Arrested in Karamoja :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Five Guns Recovered, Four Arrested in Karamoja

This operation resulted in the forceful recovery of a Sub Machine Gun (SMG) with serial number P07743 BC, along with another numberless SMG, accompanied by 17 live rounds of ammunition.
Suspected Karamojong warriors arrested by Security forces
Joint security forces have successfully recovered five guns and apprehended five Karamojong warriors through separate operations and voluntary engagement across the Karamoja sub-region. On February 10, 2024, in Kaabong district, the joint security forces seized two firearms during a nighttime patrol conducted through a spot cordon and search operation in the suspected area of Lomonye village, Morulem parish, Kaabong East Sub County.   

This operation resulted in the forceful recovery of a Sub Machine Gun (SMG) with serial number P07743 BC, along with another numberless SMG, accompanied by 17 live rounds of ammunition. Additionally, four adult male suspects—identified as Lokarion Lotyang, Lopote Lotyang, Bakamoe Lopote, and Lopote Ayollo—all residents of Lomonye village, were apprehended in connection with the criminal acts.  

They are currently detained at the UPDF's 45 Infantry Battalion headquarters in Kaabong district for further investigation. According to Maj Isaac Oware, the UPDF 3rd division spokesperson, the suspects were arrested for the theft of seven cows, fifteen goats, four sheep, and two donkeys.  

Oware added that the livestock have been impounded by the security forces for proper management. Similarly, during a pursuit of criminal elements in the general area of Kapsanyang, Losilang Sub County in Kotido district, one-armed warrior was neutralized, and an SMG with serial number 16090, along with 16 live rounds of ammunition, was forcefully recovered.

In a related development, as part of efforts to heed and take advantage of the existing Presidential Amnesty window, two Karacuna voluntarily surrendered two guns (with serial numbers 65797 and 0374) to security forces in Amudat district. "We commend the security forces and local leadership for their breakthroughs in dismantling criminal cells and their collaborative efforts, respectively, aimed at maintaining security and fostering relative peace in the Karamoja Sub-region," said Oware.