More than 20 Bullets Fired at Maj Muhammad Kiggundu

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In short
The assailants who were moving on a motorcycle are believed to have trailed them from a distance before opening fire. What appears to have been a chase ended at along Lugala-Masanafu road when the car tyres were deflated and it veered off the road, prompting the two to surrender to their attackers.

More than 20 bullets were fired by unknown assailants during the shooting of Muslim cleric Sheikh Muhammad Kiggundu a soldier with Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF).

According to the preliminary scene of crime report, 15 of the bullets were fired into the Hilux Double Cabin military vehicle registration number DO3DF 071 in which the deceased and his body guard were traveling. He was heading to Pearl FM, a Muslim founded broadcast station in Old Kampala where he run a weekly programme known as Mimbari Special.

The assailants who were moving on a motorcycle are believed to have trailed them from a distance before opening fire.  What appears to have been a chase ended at along Lugala-Masanafu road when the car tyres were deflated and it veered off the road, prompting the two to surrender to their attackers.

Instantly, the two were shot dead. Their bodies were found lying, one in a trench and the other in the middle of the road and his gun an AK47 dropped a few feet near the vehicle. Cartridges and shells were strewn all over the scene of crime.

The assailants were seen moving on a motorcycle and witness accounts indicate that they were carrying a Sub Machine Gun AK47.

The cartridges as well as bullets extracted from the vehicles outer body have been sent for analysis to establish the weapon used and its relation to murder of other clerics.

The bodies of the deceased were taken away from the scene at about 9am after Sheikh's Kiggundu's body was identified by the wife, Sylvia (Sofia) Namutebi, commonly known as Maama Fiina.

The investigations into the assassination have been taken up by the police Flying Squad Unit and are being led by Herbert Muhangi the squads Commandant.

Muhangi has been at the scene of crime since morning interviewing witnesses to the assassination of Major Sheikh Kiggundu and his body guard. Flying Squad Operatives and Internal Security Organisation operatives are still at the scene.

Muhangi says, "We have collected some important intelligence and investigations are still ongoing so we can't reveal any further information."

Sheikh Kiggundu, a Former Allied Democratic Front (ADF) combatant and leader of the Jamat Dawa Salafiya is the 10th Muslim cleric to be gunned down. He denounced armed rebellion together with a group of other ADF fighters, almost a decade ago and was integrated into the UPDF.

Other Clerics who have been gunned down previously are Sheik Hassan Kirya, Sheikh Mustapha Bahiga, Sheikh Abdulkdir Muwaya, Abdu Karim Ssentamu, Abubaker Kiweewa and Yunus Madungo, among others.

 

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Dear Jeanne
Dear Jeanne is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Jeanne has been a URN staff member since 2014.

Jeanne started out as a political and crime reporter for NBS television in 2010. She went on to become a news director at the station before leaving in 2012 to join The Daily Monitor as an investigative reporter in 2012.

Jeanne is ambitious to improve her investigative reporting skills. Jeanne’s focus for much of her five year career has been to report on crime and security.