Crime

28 arrested over rampant machete attacks in Kayunga

The attacks which were mostly reported in the district’s Busaana Sub County left many locals seriously injured, according to local authorities.

Ssezibwa region police spokesperson Hellen Butoto confirmed the report (Photo/File)

KAYUNGA, UGANDA: The police in Kayunga, Central Uganda have arrested 28 people, including 10 juveniles, over the rampant attacks by machete-wielding criminals in the district.

The attacks which were mostly reported in the district’s Busaana Sub County left many locals seriously injured, according to local authorities.

On Monday, the District Police Commander (DPC) Ms Rosette Sahakwa told journalists that the suspects were rounded up during a weekend operation prompted by numerous incidents of panga-wielding youth who attack and hack innocent residents in night hours.

“At least 12 people were seriously injured in the attacks,” Sahakwa observed.

Additionally, the Ssezibwa region police spokesperson Hellen Butoto said that the intelligence-led operation was conducted with the intention of weeding out wrong-doers, and at least 10 of the arrestees are aged between 14 and 17.

“The operation was successful. We managed to recover some exhibits like knives, pangas and hammers which the suspects were using in their attacks,” Butoto noted earlier today.

According to her, police have preferred charges of attempted murder, aggravated robbery and simple robberies against the suspects who are due to appear in court.

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Mr Mubialiwo David, the Busaana Town Council chairperson said the arrest of the gangsters may bring relief to residents who had begun locking themselves in their houses before 8 pm amidst self-restricted movements at night.

“Busaana had become a hub for criminals but we thank the police for the operation,” Mubialiwo noted.

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