Crime & Investigation

7 Militants Arrested over Tooro Church Attack

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Last Thursday, a group of youth armed with machetes and guns attacked Magoma Mungimwema Pentecostal church, Magoma parish, Hapuyo Sub-County during their night prayers.

The militants armed with an axe and machetes slaughtered the church preacher identified as Beata Mukachaka and a Police officer attached to Kyegegwa Police station identified as Grace Mwiine who responded to the attack, was also shot dead.

The militants later escaped, disappearing in the neighbouring hill, an incident that caused panic among the residents and believers who resorted to fleeing the area.

The gruesome incident forced the security to deploy heavily to contain the situation, provide security and hunt for the assailants.


According to Bakari Muga Bashil, the Rwenzori Region Police publicist, “so far six people have been arrested during their intensive operations in the jungles of Kyegegwa.”

He identified the suspects as Yasin Nzeyunzira, Chris Mwebesa, Rashid Abdul Rahim, Yahaya Sharif, Iddi Mubarrack, James Muhammed Kahungu and Mwanje Jamadah all of Rwandese origin.

Bakari told the press on Thursday night that the assailants were arrested on different dates adding that they were undergoing intensive interrogation by the security.

Lt. Ninsima Rwemijuma, the Army spokesperson for Rwenzori region, however denied the allegations that the attackers were Allied Democratic Forces ADF rebels as earlier reported in the media.

He insists that these attackers are thugs who were kwon in the area by the local leaders and police.

Lt. Ninsiima said that the army on Tuesday night killed one of the suspects known as Abdul Aziz Monday.

He says calm has been restored in the area after the army drove the ADF insurgents up to the Congo-Uganda border in the past years.

He said the army and police patrols are still ongoing to prevent any form of insecurity at the Congo-Uganda Border and surrounding areas.

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