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Gunmen Rob Indian Shop In Jinja City

Muzafalu Mbago, a street vendor within the area, says that two of the gunmen first masqueraded as customers and entered the shop before their accomplices who had parked outside the shop for close to 15 minutes joined them.
The Kiira region police spokesperson, James Mubi addressing journalists, file photo.

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Kiira region police are hunting for thugs behind the raid on a wholesale shop along Napier road in the  Jinja City Southern division. The shop that deals in oil lubricants belongs to 36-year-old, Uppu Srkeekanth, an Indian national.

According to police, four unidentified armed robbers wearing black face masks and hoods stormed the shop on Tuesday evening and placed the attendants at gunpoint. They ordered them to surrender all the money in their possession and made off with Shillings 45 million. They sped off in a numberless silver Toyota Wish vehicle.

Eyewitnesses say that the armed robbers held Srkeekanth by the neck, and shot one bullet on the floor before forcing him to open the cash lockers and surrender all the money in his possession. Srkeekanth lost consciousness and was rushed to an undisclosed private health facility for further management. 

Muzafalu Mbago, a street vendor within the area, says that two of the gunmen first masqueraded as customers and entered the shop before their accomplices who had parked outside the shop for close to 15 minutes joined them.

One of the eyewitnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity, says that two of the suspects donned old military jackets but he couldn't confirm whether they belonged to the UPDF. “Two of them were donned in the old army like jackets with hoods all over their heads, but after hearing the gunshot. We resolved to lock up ourselves in the neighbouring shop and we did not comprehensively ascertain whether they belonged to UPDF or they were ordinary jackets with a military-like coating,” he said.

Kiira Region police spokesperson, James Mubi says that they have since recovered one bullet and cartridge from the scene of the crime. Mubi says that they have started reviewing footage from the police security CCTV cameras alongside footage retrieved from private CCTVs within the area.

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