Armed Robbers Overwhelm Katonga Region

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The latest attack happened on Thursday morning when four armed thugs attacked Hajat Sarah Nakiboneka, a renowned businesswoman and resident of Kikondo village in Kiringente Sub County.

Police in Katonga region is investigating two separate crime gangs terrorizing the area. The two include a racket of bodaboda thieves and armed robbers, reportedly attack passengers, homes and factories and loot any possessions at hand.

The latest attack happened on Thursday morning when four armed thugs attacked Hajat Sarah Nakiboneka, a renowned businesswoman and resident of Kikondo village in Kiringente Sub County.

Hajat Nakiboneka recounts that the attackers, armed with two pistols, one AK 47 riffle and machetes, beat the security guard before cutting the burglar proofing of one of the windows to gain access into the house. They took off with two flat screen television sets, an unspecified amount of money and other household items.

Katonga Regional Police Spokesperson Phillip Mukasa says the attackers ferried the stolen items using a Toyota Kluger Registration Number UBB 913H which, according to police, had been stolen from an Indian National in Kalungu District. The vehicle was later abandoned 100 metres away from the scene.
 
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Meanwhile, the same region has recorded an increase in iron bar hitmen, targeting motorcyclists. According to police reports, the vice is widespread in Gomba district with at least four cases reported every week. Scores have been left nursing injuries, and lives have been lost in such attacks.

Mukasa says they have received information indicating that there is a gang of thieves who trade stolen motorcycle in Kampala and Gomba. He says that the gang has members at both named points among who, stolen motorcycles are interchanged.
 
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Katonga Regional Police Commander, Francis Chemusto has unveiled an awareness campaign to sensitize the commercial riders and equipping them with necessary techniques to avoid falling victim to the antics of the thieves.  They are among others, advised to stop carrying strangers in wee hours of the night and to avoid making stopovers in insecure places.