Soldier Kills Three, Wounds Four at Arua Nightclub

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A soldier from the 409th UPDF Brigade in Arua went on rampage last night, shooting seven people in a discotheque, killing two of them on the spot. A third victim died from excessive bleeding at Kuluva Hospital. Private Andrew Wanyama reportedly opened fire on a crowd at Arua Paradise Nightclub during a fight over a woman. It is however not clear what exactly caused the soldier to turn against the crowd. Wanyama was shot dead early this afternoon by a group of soldiers who were deployed to hunt him down after the incident. Hussien Kabyanga, the 409th Brigade Commander, says Wanyama was intercepted at Gurua Cell in Arua town. When ordered to stop, he opened fire on the soldiers, prompting them to shoot and kill them. The Northwestern Regional CID Officer, Joseph Ebonna, says two of the people killed in the shooting were also UPDF soldiers. He identifies them as Corporal Eric Byaruhanga and Private Musubuka. The third victim is still unidentified. Ebonna says the four people wounded in the shooting are admitted at Arua Regional Referral Hospital and Kuluva Hospital. Two of them are soldiers. Arua Paradise Nightclub belongs to Uganda's former Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joram Ajeani. Police in Arua have raided the nightclub on several occasions, suspecting it of being a meeting point for known criminals in the district. Several local leaders, including the Mayor of Arua Municipality, Charles Asiki, have called for the immediate closure of Paradise Nightclub because of its reputation.