The security agencies in Nakasongola district have increasingly intensified their search efforts to find an attacker wanted in an apparent killing spree of four people in Wabigalo Village, Wabigalo Parish, and Wabinyonyi Sub-County in Nakasongora District.
The victims include two male juveniles, one female adult and an elderly man whose heads were all chopped off, during the grisly murders.
According to Police, the terrifying chain of events began on the 5th of October at around 2pm after the yet to be identified assailant attacked a one Meshach Mawanda, a 10-year-old boy at Wabigalo village, and chopped off his head.
Police stated Mawanda was attacked while following his mother at a nearby charcoal burning site.
While at the scene, police received information about a second incident of murder of Amos Sekanza, a 7-year-old boy, which occurred at Kyalubambula Village, Kyankonwa Parish, Kakooge, Sub County, in Nakasongola District.
It is said that the victim who was in the company of his mother was grabbed by the attacker, who chopped off his head with a panga.
The terrified mother fled during the attack.
In a statement, Police said she eventually described the attacker as a “male adult in his mid-twenties, dark skinned, medium size and height, with a haircut, and was putting on a sleeveless t-shirt with a design in the centre and a black trouser.”
The law enforcement body stated that they received more information about another murder of the same kind at Wabigalo village.
The victim was identified as Judith Adur, a 30-year-old woman.
“She was attacked from the back, while carrying firewood heading to Wabigalo trading center,” a report says.
Police said they continuously recorded more cases of murder by the same suspected attacker at Wabigalo village with another victim being a 93-year-old man named Matovu Rosio.
“His head was also chopped off.”
Spokesperson Fred Enanga said they “strongly condemn the brutal and senseless act of killing innocent citizens.”
He noted that the victims’ bodies were transferred to Nakasongola Health Centre IV for further post-mortem and burial arrangements.
“Our hearts go out to all families impacted by the senseless act.”
However, chimpreports discovered that Police wrongly shot a person dead in the operation.
“We regret the death of Mutegesi Calvin, a 29-year-old man and resident of Nakasongola, after he was caught by stray bullets during the operation.”
According to authorities, Mutegesi was rushed to Nakasongola Military Hospital but succumbed to the injuries.
“We are investigating the incident and also reached out to the family of the deceased,” Enanga said.
Police sated that the hunt for the suspect has now entered day two and still ongoing.
“At this stage, the motive of the random act is not yet established,” Enanga said.