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Gunmen Injure 2 UPDF Soldiers In Nakapiripirit

Two Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers are nursing injuries at Matany Missionary Hospital in Napak district after they shot by unidentified gunmen in Nakapiripirit district.
Two Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers are nursing injuries at Matany Missionary Hospital in Napak district after they shot by unidentified gunmen in Nakapiripirit district.

Corporal Musa Kandole, attached to 33rd battalion in Nabilatuk-Lolachat detachment, was shot through the chest from the back. The bullet did not however, destroy any of the organs in the chest. He was retiring to the detachment at around 7.30 pm on Wednesday when he was attached by the assailants.

Lance Corporal Swaibu Katabira, who is attached to 5th battalion, was shot in the left leg at 1.00am while sleeping. The incident happened in his makeshift structure commonly known as, ‘mama Ingia pole’.

Lt. Jimmy Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson, confirms the two separate incidents saying the army has launched a manhunt for the assailants. He explains that the soldiers tried to follow up the gunmen but the footmarks disappeared along Moroto-Nabilatuk –Mbale road. He advises soldiers to be vigilant by heightening security around the detachment.

This is not the first time gunmen are targeting soldiers around their detachments. Between 2008 and 2011 in Amudat and Moroto districts, several soldiers lost their lives to snipers. Now the game seems to have shifted to Nakapiripirit district which the army says it will deal with before it runs out of hand.

Meanwhile, the army is holding five suspected armed rustlers from Kotido district for attempting to steal cows from the Turkana pastoralists. The incident happened at Kobebe dam grazing area, 60 kilometres North West of Moroto town.

The suspects have been identified as Botong Apadaki, Lokiru Nakopiya, Kojo Apalokita, Loron Lotipa and Moding Apangange. They are all residents of Nakapelimoru sub county in Kotido district. Ends 

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