Two Cattle Rustlers Killed in Shoot-out With UPDF

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At least two suspected cattle rustlers have been killed in two separate attacks on the UPDF soldiers while on routine patrol on the slopes on Mount Moroto in Moroto district.

At least two suspected cattle rustlers have been killed in two separate attacks on the UPDF soldiers while on routine patrol on the slopes on Mount Moroto in Moroto district.
 
Maj. Godfrey Lutalo, the commander of the 13th battalion based in Mt. Moroto area, says the first incident happened five days ago at Singila village, Katikekile Sub County on the Western side of Mt. Moroto. Lutala explains that a rustler shot at the army as they patrolled the area. The army responded by killing the suspected rustler and his gun was recovered. He says no soldier was injured in the shootout.


Lutalo says another incident happened in the South West of the Mountain at Nakonyen grazing area. He says a gunman yet to be identified also in a daring attack fired at the army. He adds that the suspected rustler was also killed, and a rifle and 19 rounds of live ammunition were recovered in the process.
 
For over 10 weeks the army has been out for foot patrols few kilometres towards the Kenya border with the aim of curbing cross-border raids and gun-trafficking.

Micheal Akol, LC3 Chairman Katikekile Sub-County blames the rustlers for engaging the UPDF urging them to handover the illegal guns. He explains that his area of recent has been hit by fresh rearmament, adding that he is fighting the vice by convincing illegal gun owners to surrender them to the army. He adds that so far seven guns have been handed over voluntarily to his office.

Micheal Lomeri, the district councilor for Tapac Sub County, says the disarmament exercise has helped restore sanity in Karamoja. He advises the rustlers to return guns to government saying cash generating activities have been rolled out to improve livelihoods.