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According to Lote, the repeated attacks on his home are intended to punish him for providing information to security forces. The warriors allegedly received reliable information from a security agent that Lote was the source of the leaks. Lote told URN that the suspected warriors have carried out several attacks on his home to punish him for providing information on the armed warriors to the security forces.
Michael Lote, the security informer who is facing death threats

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A security informer in Nataparangen village, Nabilatuk district, has been forced to leave his home after narrowly escaping death from suspected Karimojong warriors. Michael Lote, the victim, had been accused of supporting and leaking secrets about the warriors' cattle raid missions to security agents. 

According to Lote, the repeated attacks on his home are intended to punish him for providing information to security forces. The warriors allegedly received reliable information from a security agent that Lote was the source of the leaks.

Last month, the warriors set fire to Lote's house, destroying all household property and money amounting to five million shillings that he received from the Emyooga group. Lote has also received repeated death threats via phone from the suspected warriors.   

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In one recent incident, the warriors attacked Lote in the evening, prompting him to call the deputy RDC, who then sent security forces to rescue him. Unfortunately, the warriors had already fled by the time the forces arrived. The deputy resident commissioner for Nabilatuk, Jacinta Ayo, condemned the act and confirmed that soldiers were immediately dispatched to rescue Lote. 

She also sent the suspects' phone numbers to the security tracking team to aid in apprehending them. Ayo called on local leaders to coordinate with security forces to combat criminal activity and discourage communities from harboring wrongdoers. 

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However, Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto regional police spokesperson, reported that telecommunication companies in charge of tracking have frustrated their efforts to apprehend suspects. The security forces have gathered numerous phone numbers used by suspected warriors to threaten people but have not received feedback from the telecom companies. 

Longole added that they have resorted to using dogs to track criminal gangs while waiting for feedback from the telecom companies. 

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The use of phones to coordinate activities and threaten people before attacks is a prevalent tactic among suspected warriors. In most cases, the warriors provide their phone numbers to victims they waylay on the road, offering to release them in exchange for money sent through mobile money. However, despite gathering numerous phone contacts, security forces have struggled to track and arrest suspects due to a lack of leads.