A soldier of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces-UPDF attached to Masindi
artillery Division has accidentally shot himself dead. The deceased has been identified as Lance Corporal Simon Peter
Bongomin, 32, attacked to the barracks’ military police training wing.
The incident happened on Thursday inside the deceased house
situated within the Masindi UPDF Artillery barracks. Captain Steven Tumwesige, the Masindi UPDF artillery division
spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network that Bongomin
was picking a loaded and cocked gun at his house for duty when the tragedy occurred.
He says in the process of picking the gun, a bullet came out and
hit him in the neck killing him instantly. Tumwesige suspects that the deceased could have missed the safety precaution on the gun when he returned from duty the previous night.
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The body was later picked from the crime scene and taken to
Masindi Hospital Mortuary.
Tumwesige added that arrangements were being made to have the body
of the deceased transferred to his ancestral home in Kitgum district for burial.