The Joint Security Agencies are investigating an attack, that occurred on a UPDF mini checkpoint, that leads to Gaddafi Barracks main gate, on Thursday 17/11/2022, at around 9 pm, by a group of armed assailants, who killed a UPDF officer.
The deceased has been identified as Sgt. Eyamu Simon Peter 45 years. The assailants also stole two guns, including that of his colleague, who had gone to the nearby shops.
According to SCP Fred Enanga the Police Spokesperson, the assailants took advantage of the location of the mini-checkpoint, which is about 1km away from the main checkpoint to Gaddafi main barracks, the green cover and the Ambercoat market access, which made it a soft target.
“They attacked the guard, stabbed him in the right chest and also shot him thrice, killing him instantly. The assailants robbed two guns and fled from the scene. The security barricade at the main Gaddafi barracks checkpoint was not breached,” says Enanga.
He noted that the Joint Regional security task teams responded immediately upon learning about the incident and cordoned off the area and conducted a search with the use of K9 which led to the arrest of one suspect who was found hiding in a trench.
The second UPDF guard who left his beat at the mini-checkpoint is also arrested for further interrogation. the UPDF spokesperson Brig Gen Felix Kulayigye identified the officer as L/Cpl Kibirige Norico.
“We have in addition, deployed full investigative resources, to reconstruct and document the scene. Our joint intelligence and operational teams are also building on their intelligence aimed at identifying and pursuing the assailants,” Enanga adds.
The body of the deceased has been transferred to Jinja Regional Referral hospital for post-mortem.
“More updates will be communicated accordingly. We also kindly request the public to disregard the misleading information that was shared by Deputy RCC Jinja, to his Superiors and the media. The distortions are hereby corrected,” says Enanga.