Six armed cattle rustlers from Karamoja have been killed by the Police Anti Stock Theft Unit following an attack in which a one Okiror Faustine, 70, a resident of Aturai village, Airabet parish, Okunguru Sub County in Kapelebyong District was wounded by the armed warriors, Police has said.
According to the Public Relations Officer East Kyoga Region David Ongom, the incident happened on January 6, 2021 at around 7:30 pm.
“A joint security team comprising of ASTU and LDU engaged in crossfire exchange with the said rustlers. One SMG Riffle No. 86900 was recovered and exhibited,” Ongom said.
The Police Anti Stock Theft Unit was formed in 2006 following rampant cattle rustling in the Karamoja region and the neighbouring areas.
Ongom noted that in Katakwi, three cows were recovered and handed over to the owners after the rustlers abandoned them following pursue by the ASTU personnel.
“As part of community policing in the region, ASTU mobilizes and calls upon the community to shun cattle and gun rustling, both crimes punishable under the law. We call upon residents and all people of Karamoja region to shun this criminality and work with the Police and other security organs to uphold the peace in the region,” he added.