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LDUs Embark on Firing Exercise

Major Ceaser Olweny, the Fourth Division Army Spokesperson, says the ban is to prevent residents around Lugore Firing Range from getting injured by stray bullets as they collect fire wood, construction poles and hunt edible rats.
Commander of 4th Division Brigadier Emmanuel Kanyesigye Speaking In Gulu District

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The Army has suspended all civilian activities from its training site in Palaro Sub County, some 33 Kilometers north of Gulu Town for three days. 

The ban is aimed at allowing Local Defense Units - LDUs who are undergoing training under the Fourth Division to practice shooting. Major Ceaser Olweny, the Fourth Division Army Spokesperson, says the ban is to prevent residents around Lugore Firing Range from getting injured by stray bullets as they collect fire wood, construction poles and hunt edible rats.

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Olweny says they have asked local leaders to popularize the ban to prevent casualties and panic among residents. The training ground is situated at the foot of a hill lying North West of Lugore Prison Farm. Olweny says bullets are known to deflect off their obstacles.

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The 1,200 recruits who are undergoing four months military training were recruited from the areas of West Nile and West Acholi three months ago.

URN understands that some of the recruits have deserted the training. In 2003, more than 90 recruits deserted training in the Division training school in Lugore citing torture and hard labor. Major Olweny says no military training records 100 percent success in the World.