A Local Defense Unit-LDU Officer is admitted at
Rhema Hospital in Arua after being shot on the head by a private security guard
using an arrow.
Rashid Aiga, who is attached to the 59th UPDF
battalion in Arua, was on patrol together with Police officers near Stabex Fuel
station along Arua-Nebbi road on Friday night when he was shot by the guard
attached to Honey Pride Arua.
Lauben Ndifuna, the West Nile Region UPDF
spokesperson has confirmed the incident, saying the officers were enforcing
curfew when Aiga was shot.
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Steven Dravu, the deputy Arua District Internal
Security Officer-DISO who rushed to the scene, identified the shooter as Jamal
Musa, who is at large.
He says Jamal was among the people who
were still loitering on the road during curfew time and was canned by
He says Jamal, who had gone
to buy food by the road rushed back to Honey Pride behind Stabex Fuel Station
after being canned, picked a bow and arrow and ran back to the road and
“We reached there and managed to recover his
bow and arrows from the honey plant with the help of the technical
manager,” said Dravu.
According to eye witnesses, some by-standers
around Stabex tried to stop Jamal from shooting at the officers as he took
cover and aimed at the officers in vain.
Dravu says they have launched a
manhunt for Jamal, adding that they have tasked the management of Honey Pride
Arua to produce him or risk closure of their plant.
Josephine Angucia the West Nile Region police
spokesperson says they have commenced investigations into the matter.
just one among several security officers who have been injured while trying to
enforce the nationwide curfew aimed at stopping the spread of Covid19.
Recently, the Defense Ministry Spokesperson,
Brigadier Richard Karemire indicated that they had registered about 75 attacks
targeting security officers enforcing the Covid19 preventive measures.