Police officer hacked to death in Kaabong, gun stolen

Kaabong, (UG): A team of joint security forces in the Karamoja sub-region are on a manhunt for suspected Karamojong warriors who hacked to death a police officer in Kaabong District and went away with his gun.

The incident happened on January 12 at around 9:00 pm in Kurao village, Kalapata Sub County when Morris Ochen, attached to the Kotido ASTU zone and deployed in a joint mobile operations squad met his untimely death.

Mr Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto Regional Police Spokesperson confirmed the incident stating that the deceased was hacked to death by unknown assailants as he was moving alone.

According to Mr Longole, an SMG gun No. UG POL 56-6503651-56725 with ninety (90) rounds of ammunition belonging to the deceased was taken by the assailants.

“Our team security from Kaabong visited the scene with a canine dog and they are yet to come up with additional information,” Longole said, adding that authorities have also launched operations to hunt for the assailants.

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Mr Meri Jino, the LCV Chairperson of Kaabong noted that there has been an upsurge of insecurity, especially murders by unknown armed warriors.

Mr Jino said that the resurgence of insecurity is worrying and the local leadership is working together with the forces to hunt down the suspects.

‘’These are criminals are criminals, I think people who ran away from the disarmament [exercise],” Mr Jino said.

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On 6th January, a group of unidentified armed warriors raided Komuria West Trading Center and killed one person before stealing money from one of the local bars.

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