Uganda Peoples Defence Forces have confirmed an overnight gunfight with soldiers from neighboring South Sudan, in which four were killed.
The unprecedented incident happened on Saturday night in the border district of Moyo.
UPDF says a total of seven soldiers of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces illegally crossed into Ugandan and declined to follow instructions when confronted.
These soldiers, according to UPDF Spokesman Brig Richard Karemire, were dressed in civilian uniform apart from one who had uniform, but each one of them was armed.
The soldiers, he says, walked about 1.5 Kms into Uganda until they were spotted at Goboro by UPDF officers.
“When stopped, they refused to follow orders, the UPDF soldiers guarding the boarder opened fire killing 04 instantly,” Karemire says.
“The rest ran and crossed back to the other side of the border”
The South Sudanese Liason officer Isaac based in Arua has since confirmed that those killed were indeed South Sudanese soldiers.
On Sunday morning following the incident, three bodies were handed over to the South Sudan authorities led by Col Kamilo John Kamilo, Col Gochi Deng Yak.
The hand over took place at the Afoji border in Moyo last district and the the UPDF was represented by Lt Col Sebugenye and Maj Kennedy (OIC).
This morning, the fourth body was discovered at the South Sudan side of the border by SSPDF in Liwolo county in South Sudan.
Karemire says 5 guns we’re recovered are currently with the UPDF commander in Yumbe.