Crime

IGP STRONGLY CONDEMNS BRUTAL ATTACK ON OFFICERS AT CHECKPOINT

BY our reporter

KAMPALA: The Inspector General of Police –IGP Martin Okoth Ochola has strongly condemned what he has termed as the senseless act of violent attack against police officers manning the traffic checkpoint at Kiwumpa village, Kiwumpa parish, Luwero Sub County in Luwero district.

The preliminary information gathered indicates that at around 12.00 noon on Monday, a group of assailants armed with machetes, emerged from both sides of the checkpoint in a coordinated manner, and attacked the two field force officers, who were armed and providing security to 4 traffic other officers, at the checkpoint.

The assailants hacked PC Josephat Twinamatsiko on the head and face. His colleague PC Busingye Ronald was cut at the back by the attackers who also robbed the police officers guns.

The assailants proceeded and set fire, using petrol, on a parked lorry Fuso box body which had got a mechanical problem and was undergoing repairs and thereafter escaped from the scene after jumping into a waiting getaway vehicle.

IGP Ochola has extended his deepest condolences to the family, friends, relatives and workmates of the late PC Busingye Ronald. He has also wished a quick recovery to PC Twinamatsiko Josephat, who has been transferred to Kampala from Luwero hospital for better treatment.

Ochola noted that the tragic incident is a stark reminder of the hazards police officers face, in their efforts to protect the public and keep citizens safe.

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Ochola says the motive of the violent attack and murder is not yet established at the moment but he suspects the attackers targeted guns for robbery.

He also   assured the public that they have reinforced their teams in Luwero to help identify and apprehend the suspects involved in the brutal attack.

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