Armed robbers, believed to have entered Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo, have shot and killed four residents in Nebbi district in four different raids in the past fortnight.
Security reports place the raids on trading centers and markets at Logiri in Arua district and Kango and Zombu in Nebbi district.
Captain Peter Mugisha, the UPDF spokesperson in the West Nile, says the raids were intended to loot food and household goods. He says that of the four people killed only one has been identified as Santos Onegi of Nebbi.
Five, four Congolese an one Ugandan, have been arrested in connection with the raids and are being held in Arua. Captain Mugisha says an increased number of UPDF soldiers have been deployed along the Uganda-Congo borders in Nebbi and Arua to prevent further violence.
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The Resident District Commissioner of Nebbi, Betty Adima, says people living near the boarders are afraid that their homes may be the next focus of the raids. She says Congolese government soldiers regularly cross into Uganda and steal from civilians at all hours of the day and night.
Adima says the Congolese government officials in the neighboring town of Aru have been informed of this, but they have not taken action.
In Arua, the LC3 chairperson of Logiri sub-county, says Congolese soldiers have on two occasions raided a border market called Kampala. They robbed people of their money and goods and detained two traders for informing the UPDF of their presence in the district.