KARAMOJA REGION, UGANDA: At least six armed cattle rustlers from Karamoja have been shot dead by the Anti Stock Theft Unit, the Daily Express reports.
The incident happened after the cattle rustlers raided a one Okiror Faustine, 70, in Aturai village, Okunguru Sub County in Kapelebyong District on Wednesday 6th Jan, 2021 and left him wounded.
A joint security team comprising of ASTU and LDU engaged in crossfire exchange with the said rustlers.
One SMG Riffle No. 86900 was recovered and exhibited.
According to David Ongom, the East Kyoga regional Police Spokesperson, cattle rustling in Karamoja region was rampant,leading to the formation of the Police Anti Stock theft Unit in 2006.
Else where in the neighbouring Katakwi, three cows were recovered and handed over to the owners, after the rustlers abandoned them,following a pursue by ASTU.
“As part of community policing in the region, ASTU mobilizes and calls upon the community to shun cattle and gun rustling,crimes punishable under the law,” Ongom noted on Friday.
“We call upon residents and all people of Karamoja region to shun this criminality and work with the Police and other security organs to uphold the peace in the region.”