KAMPALA – The Flying Squad Unit on Sunday night shot and killed two men, suspected to be part of the thugs that attacked Kyabadaza and Busiika Police stations recently.
Three armed men, who shot and killed two civilians in reaction to enquiring about their presence at Kasule Ayanguwa village in Butambala district, are believed to have attacked Kyabadaza Police Station, about a fortnight ago. The slain civilians were identified as Ibra Kalyango and Peter Nsubuga.
The same attackers forced four police officers to flee for safety giving them leeway to set suspects free and torch the station the same.
Similarly, Busiika Police Station in Luweero district was attacked on October 31, leaving two police officers dead. The deceased officers were identified as Alex Wagaluka and Moses Ongol.
But the Flying Squad, alongside Crime Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Units, laid a trap for the suspects at Kito cell, Matugga Town Council, in Wakiso district, cornering two suspects and killing them over the weekend.
Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga said the Flying Squad had successfully trailed the suspects but was shy in revealing further details.
“…Our flying squad teams and crime intelligence have been actively hunting down seven ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) remnants, who sneaked back into the country. They managed to round them up in Matugga and there was a fierce fire exchange that led to the killing of two and a recovery of two guns and explosives devices,” said Enanga during the force weekly press briefing.
A senior security officer identified the slain ADF fighters as Akim Kajubi and Male Muhanguzi.
“These were found with two SMG guns whose serial numbers had been concealed. They had four magazines and 66 bullets. The team also recovered one IED (Improvised Explosive Device),” said a senior security officer.
“Flying Squad, having learnt that they had two firearms, encircled their room barely two hours after the final of the Fifa World Cup last night. The room was then surrounded by five security personnel who fired several bullets through the windows and doors killing the two on their bed.
“There was an SMG in their midst. They were prepared to respond with fire at any threat towards them. But the security officers’ bullets did not give them any chance to fire back,” added the source.
A picture of the killed suspects that has been shared by a senior security officer shows them shuttered by bullets on their beds with a rifle. Bullet holes are seen in the walls and fresh pieces are spread all over the room.
The IGP, Okoth Ochola, applauded the security team for what he described as a brave act.
“We would like to remind the groups that no matter how long they hide or wherever they go, we shall always get them,” said Enanga in a statement on behalf of Ochola.
The revelation that the killed suspects are members of ADF waters down on earlier claims by the deputy IGP, Maj Gen Geoffrey Katsigazi Tumusiime that the attackers were linked to a new rebel outfit – the Uganda Coalition Forces for Change –UCFC.
UPDF has so far killed three attackers targeting soldiers, police officers and private security guards for their guns. Those killed by UPDF are Dennis Ssekimpi, Tarsis Mulegera and Rogers Alibuza. The shooting of two suspects yesterday, brought the number of killed attackers to five while another suspect Muwonge Ssalongo is said to have committed suicide in a Tororo police cell.
Additional reporting by URN