Bodies of Ugandan Police Officers Killed in DRC Returned Home

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Initial reports indicated that four police officers had been killed. However, it has been confirmed that only three officers were killed. They include Moses Ocen a constable from Apac, Farouq Waiswa, a sergeant from Bugiri and Bernard Isingoma, a constable from Hoima district.

The bodies of three Ugandan policemen killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the weekend have been handed over to Ugandan authorities in West Nile Region this afternoon.

Initial reports indicated that four police officers had been killed. However, it has been confirmed that only three officers were killed. They include Moses Ocen a constable from Apac, Farouq Waiswa, a sergeant from Bugiri and Bernard Isingoma, a constable from Hoima district.

Corporal Biral Obara, who was suspected to be among the dead, survived the incident because he was had traveled to Nebbi district to receive treatment.

The dead officers were investigating reports of illegal fishing on Lake Albert on Saturday when gunmen opened fire on their patrol boat killing three of them. 

Josephine Angucia, the Regional Police Commander West Nile Region told URN on phone that the bodies have been transported to Kampala from where, they will be handed over to relatives for burial. 

"We are here to receive the bodies of our officers killed on Lake Albert. This is all I can say for now, we are in Goli in Nebbi district,'' Angucia  told Uganda Radio Network.

Meanwhile, police in Ntoroko district have also received some of the items that the slain officers were using at the time of their murder.
 
Other items recovered include the uniforms worn by the officers at the times of their death, 4 magazines, 12 guns and magazine porches that were handed over to Dennis Namuwoza the Regional Police Commander Rwenzori region.

Present during the handover was Bosco Olima the District Police Commander of Ntoroko and Ismail Muhwezi the District Internal Security Officer Ntoroko.

The police marine boat recovered is numbered UP0806 riddled with bullet marks but two bullet holes that ran straight through the engine was handed over to the police.