KIKUUBE, UGANDA: The police in Albertine region have launched a manhunt for robbers who shot a woman and left her injured in Kikuube district.
The armed robbers are reported to have raided a beer depot belonging to one John Mukonyezi at Ngogoli trading centre in Kyangwali parish, Kyangwali sub-county on Thursday night at about 11:00 pm and shot the victim in an attempt to rob her husband.
According to Mukonyezi, the assailants put him at gunpoint and ordered him to surrender all the money he had in his possession, but he declined to surrender the money.
As the thugs threatened to shoot him, his wife Prisca Kemigisa moved out of their house and started to sound an alarm prompting the thugs to shoot her in the left hand before they fled.
Mukonyezi said the thugs first disguised themselves as customers who wanted to withdraw money before they pulled out their gun from the bag.
He added that because of the alarm from different corners by the resident, the thugs fired several bullets in the air as they fled.
Kemigisa was rushed to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital where she is admitted.
Residents call for police patrols
Jane Natukunda, a resident, said they are living in fear following the incident. She appealed to security to intensify patrols in the area in order to guarantee their safety.
“We are requesting the security personnel to look for these thugs and get this gun out of their hands because we fear they might come back and cause havoc,” Natukunda said.
When contacted on Saturday, Albertine Police region spokesperson Julius Hakiza said the hunt for the robbers is on and urged the residents to be calm as Police have taken over the investigations.
He added that a team of Flying Squad Unit operatives has been dispatched to the area to track the suspected robbers.
This is the second armed robbery incident in Kyangwali sub-county since last year.
In April 2022, a 40-year-old Indian national and businessman in Hoima city identified as Mike Sultan was murdered by unknown thugs.
Sultan was murdered at Kasonga Guest House at Kasonga village, Kasonga parish in Kangwali Refugee Settlement. The killers robbed shillings 30 million from the deceased which he had collected from his clients.
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