UPDATE: 6 Security Officers Among 72 Deaths In Bundibugyo, Ntoroko Attacks Top story

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In short
Pius Mujuzi, the Resident District Commissioner Bundibugyo said that Tugume and the police constable were killed when the more than fifty youths armed with spears and knives attacked the police station. According to Mujuzi, they disarmed Tugume and shot him dead and then went to the station armory, but they were repulsed. One of the attackers was gunned down.

UPDATES:

Latest information Uganda Radio Network has obtained now puts the number of dead in the Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko district attacks at 72.

55 attackers killed
3 police officers killed. A police man on the weigh bridge Kasese. 2 killed in Bundibugyo identified as Bundibugyo Police OC Wilson Tugume and Constable Swaibu Alinga
3 UPDF soldiers killed. One of these identified as Nabimanya Grace with his 3 children killed in Kasese and 2 UPDF soldiers in Bundibugyo.
11 civilians killed in Kasese including Nabimanya's three children.

45 people have been arrested mainly around Bumadu where they were hiding.

Two UPDF soldiers and two police officers are conformed to have been killed in Saturday’s attack in Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts. The four security officers were killed in fierce fighting between the army and unknown people.

Among those killed were the Officer in-charge Bundibugyo police station, Wilson Tugume and unidentified police constable.

Pius Mujuzi, the Resident District Commissioner Bundibugyo said that Tugume and the police constable were killed when the more than fifty youths armed with spears and knives attacked the police station. According to Mujuzi, they disarmed Tugume and shot him dead and then went to the station armory, but they were repulsed. One of the attackers was gunned down.

Mujuzi says that the attackers who emerged from the mountains, then procecced to Kanyamwrima army barracks and engaged the army in a fight. An unidentified UPDF solider attached to the barracks was killed.

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The Uganda Radio Network reporter in Bundibugyo counted 23 bodies of the attackers which are lying in the compound of the barracks.

UPDF spokesperson Paddy Ankunda confirmed earlier that at least 41 people had been killed during the fighting in the town. He said most of the casualities were the attackers.

In Ntoroko district, the unknown people armed with spears attacked Kibuku trading centre on Saturday evening at 6:00pm. According to Clement Isingoma, the LC1 Chairperson Kibuku trading centre, the attackers were seen emerging from the mountains in Kibuku and entered the trading centre and staged an illegal road block.

The attackers stopped a UPDF officer who was riding a motorcycle. They disarmed and killed him. Isingoma says that a three year old child was killed by a stray bullet in the fight between security officers and the attackers.

 In Bundibugyo town, the situation remains tense. The ever busy town has been deserted and all the shops closed. Few residents can be seen moving in the town. The Police and army are heavily deployed.

The bodies of the attackers who stormed Stanbic Bank on Saturday evening are still lying in front of the bank.

This morning, more than forty people were arrested in an operation conducted by the army and police. Among them is the deputy Prime Minister Rwenzururu Kingdom, Jeremiah Mutooro.

 

About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.