Uganda People’s Defense Forces- UPDF soldiers have shot dead a
suspected South Sudanese cattle rustler in Agoro Sub County, Lamwo District.
The unidentified man was shot on Thursday night in an ambush laid by soldiers
in Obere village, Ngacino Parish.
Denis Onyon, the Agori Sub-county LCIII Chairperson, says that the deceased was
in the company of three other armed men who had raided the area when he got
Onyon says the armed men crossed into the area from the neighbouring Ikotos
County in Imatong State, South Sudan on a mission to steal cattle.
He says the army was tipped of the armed men's movement and thus laid an ambush
near a protected community kraal where they had planned to loot animals from.
Onyon notes that one of the armed men was shot dead on the spot in the ambush and the two others managed to escape.
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Onyon also says that on Tuesday night, a group of armed men
from South Sudan also invaded and looted 17 cattle from livestock farmers
in Lupilingi Parish.
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Lt Hassan Kato, the fifth Infantry Division spokesperson says the
army recovered an AK47 assault rifle and several packages of Marijuana from the
He says the army has so far recovered 11 out of 17 animals that were looted on
Tuesday and noted that efforts are underway to ensure all looted animals are
retrieved and returned to the affected farmers.
Lt. Kato appealed to the community to continue liaising with the army to ensure
that rustlers are stopped from invading and looting animals from the region.