UPDF Soldier Shoots Suspected Thief In Amuru

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The incident happened on Thursday evening while the victim, only identified as Odong, was trying to steal goods from a moving vehicle at Pawel Langetta trading centre in Atiak Sub County. Patrick Jimmy Okema, the police spokesperson in the area says a UPDF soldier on a highway patrol to Elegu shot at the suspected thieves injuring one as they attempted to flee the vehicle at a speed breaker.

A resident of Amuru district is nursing gun shot wounds at St. Mary's Hospital Lacor in Gulu district after he was shot by a Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) soldier.

The incident happened on Thursday evening while the victim was trying to steal goods from a moving vehicle at Pawel Langetta trading centre in Atiak Sub County. Police identified the injured as 23 - year old Odong, a resident of Pawel Langetta village.
 
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Police Spokesperson Aswa River Region says Odong and another resident who escaped unhurt were caught tampering with the seal of a cargo container registration number CE 056G behind a Lorry registration number CE 665.
 
Okema says a UPDF soldier on a highway patrol to Elegu shot at the suspected thieves injuring one as they attempted to flee the vehicle at a speed breaker.
 
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The lorry has been parked at Elegu Parking Ground at Elegu border point as further investigation into the matter continues.
 
According to Okema, theft on moving vehicles is becoming common in the region. Early this year, Police recovered an AK47 rifle from attacks on two trucks destined to South Sudan at For God parish in Layibi division, while another driver was injured at Layibi Railway crossing on New Year.
 

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.