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Army shoots dead suspected attacker in Gaddafi Barracks raid

The development comes days after the army vowed that the assailants behind the barracks raid would meet the “necessary retaliation”

KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Saturday said they had shot and killed one of the suspected assailants behind the recent raid on its Gaddafi Barracks Unit in Jinja District that left one of its soldiers dead.

In an attack that happened on November 17, 2022, the assailants riding on a motorbike stormed the army’s security installation and disarmed Sgt Simon Peter Eyagu, 45, attached to the Non-Commissioned Officers’ Academy (NCOA) at Gaddafi Barracks, and after fled with two guns, including that of his colleague.

Sgt Eyagu’s colleague L/Cpl Kibirige Norico with whom he had been deployed to guard a small gate of Amber Court road, within the perimeter of Gadaffi barracks, “had gone to buy some drink” at the time of the attack, UPDF said in a statement the day after the raid.

In a brief statement dated Saturday, November 26, army spokesperson Brig Felix Kulayigye said the suspect was shot at and put to of action, without divulging further details on the incident.

“Today, 26th Nov 2022, one of the assailants that carried out the attack on Sentry along Amber Court road in Gaddafi Barracks where one soldier was killed and two SMG rifles stolen has been put out of action and two stolen guns recovered,” said the Defence spokesperson, Brig Felix Kulayigye.

Brig Kulayigye’s statement comes days after the Forces vowed the assailants would meet the “necessary retaliation” following the attack.

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