Police and sister security agencies on Sunday arrested five South Sudanese nationals who illegally entered Uganda armed with a sub machine gun and rounds at ammunition.
According to police, the armed men trespassed into Orial sugar plantation in Okidi Ra village, Ataik sub county in Amuru district.
Security agencies said when the gang entered Uganda, they started threatening workers of the plantation probably to extort money from them with claims that the plantation fell on the side of South Sudan.
The arrested are identified as Joseph Lagu, James Koma, Peter Wani, James Azo and Briton Ambuya.
In a media briefing at Police headquarters in Kampala, Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga said that they are trying to establish whether the arrested are attached to any security agencies in South Sudan.
“If they are not attached, then they could be one of the armed groups that could have found their way into the porous border and started terrorizing residents in the northern part of the country.
However, he said that the suspects are being held at the UPDF 4th division headquarters in Gulu district.
“They are most likely to be charged in the military court for possession of firearms and illegal entry in to the country,” Mr Enanga said.