Crime & Investigation

Police Recover 30 Riffles In Gun Violence Crackdown

Operatives from Special Investigations Unit (SIU) in the Uganda Police Force have conducted operations throughout the country to crackdown on gun violence that has rocked the country in the recent past.

Addressing the press on Monday, Mr Enanga said that Police has registered a total of 41 cases of gun misuse.

In the operations, police said that it made arrests, recovered 30 guns and hundreds of ammunition.

“A total of seven hard-core criminals were arrested including those that are directly connected to recent murders and robberies,” Mr Enanga said.

The recoveries and arrests were made from 18 intelligence led operations that were conducted in various policing regions across.

According to police, most of the guns were abandoned by criminals, especially private security guards after misusing them.

“Some are stolen from private security firms while others are lost from government security agencies,” said Enanga.

He said that guns that fall in the arms of wrong people are used in criminality especially robbery.

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In the report, Aswa region, Gulu, Kitgum and other northern districts  lead in gun recoveries followed by North Kyoga, East Kyoga, and Kigezi region.

On Saturday, Kampala metropolitan police made the latest gun recovery in Ntinda where two men who were slashing Suna Road discovered two AK47 riffles  and a pistol.

The Sector commander Ntinda ASP Ojok Moses said that magazines of the guns were almost  depleted as each gun contained one round of ammunition.

Relatedly, about the Nansana hardware robbery, Mr Enanga said that the guns used in that horrific incident are still missing.

Statistics indicate that since January, a total of 17 people out of 41 cases have been killed from gun misuse in the country.

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