51 Killed as Militants Storm UPDF Barracks

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drugs geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>In a Sunday telephone interview with our Fort Portal based Corp, page Steven Ainganiza, the UPDF spokesperson for Rwenzori region, Lt. Ninsiima Rwemijuma, confirmed that 51 people died in the Saturday night attack on the UPDF barracks.

Uganda Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga issued a press statement on Sunday morning, confirming the death of 16 people including police officers in the attacks that spread over Ntoroko, Kasese and Bundibugyo Districts.

“50 of the dead are the attackers and one is a civilian,” Lt Ninsiima told Chimpreports.

However, Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda on Saturday said only 41 attackers were killed when they attacked the UPDF barracks.


Armed with pangas and machetes, over 200 attackers on Saturday afternoon raided Bundibugyo police station and disarmed the police officers. They took with five guns which they used to launch more attacks.

They would later descend on Kanyamwirima barracks where they launched a ferocious assault.

The UPDF soldier responded with heavy gunfire thus repulsing the assailants.

“When they tried to attack the Kanyamwirima barracks, the army responded by firing at them seriously. In the scuffle the UPDF managed to kill 50 attackers,” Lt. Ninsiima added.

When asked whether the attackers were ADF rebels, Ninsiima said, “I cannot rule out the attackers being rebels because of the nature of the attack.”

He, however, quickly said , UPDF remain heavily deployed in all corners of the region to hunt down the assailants which some residents have linked to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) operating in the neighbouring DRC.

He asked the people to remain calm “because the UPDF have deployed enough soldiers to patrol the area, arrest the enemies and contain the situation that had caused panic among them.”

The Saturday attacks spread over the two districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo with unknown fighters raiding police stations to loot guns before exchanging fire with police officers in fierce battles.

The fiercest battle occurred in Kasese district where they attacked a police station and also two Policemen guarding the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) weighbridge at Katunguru along the Mbarara-Kasese highway.

In the violence, one Special Police Constable (SPC) Jacob Muhindo was killed. His colleague, Amos Tumwiine, however, successfully fought off the attackers and survived. He was rushed to Kilembe hospital where he was admitted in critical condition.

They also attacked and killed six people in Bigando division of Kasese town that included a UPDF veteran Corporal Grace Tibimanya with his three children while his mother is missing. The attackers later set the soldier’s house a blaze.

They also killed three other civilians in Ibuga division.

In Bundibugyo, the group first attacked Kicho Police Post, before attacking Bundibugyo Police Station, and killed two Policemen that included Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Wilson Mugume Bataka the Officer-in-Charge Station and Police Constable Aliga Swaibu.

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