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Soldiers Injured as Gunfire Rocks Namugongo

Uganda’s Military is investigating circumstances under which a soldier reportedly attempted suicide in Namugongo, Wakiso District; a situation that left four other soldiers injured.

The incident occurred on Friday night.

Residents of Namugongo where the Martyrs’ Day celebrations will be held reported heavy gunfire in the area.

The heavy shooting lasted about 5 minutes.

Defence Spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire told ChimpReports on Saturday that the “incident is being investigated,” adding, “That shooting led to injury of other four soldiers.”

He, however, said “The situation is now normal as we await  peaceful Martyrs’ Day Celebrations.”

The unidentified soldier who tried to take his life is at the rank of Corporal.

Brig Karemire said investigations “will establish what caused it.”

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The Corporal, according to Karemire, “will also be subjected to psychiatric test.”

Chimp Corps say the situation at Namugongo remains peaceful with heavy security manned by Special Forces, Police and Counter Terrorism Squads.

Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Moses Kafeero said police have deployed over a thousand troops and also put Namugongo shrines under a 24 hour surveillance, backed by covert and overt security operatives on ground.

“We have the inner most and outer security rings in place prepared for the event.” Kafeero said.

The police boss said aerial surveillance operations by police helicopters have started and will go on until the celebrations are finalized.

On safety of children, the police commander urged parents to minimize moving with children in order to avoid losses and kidnaps.

“Those who move with children, please ensure that you move with them at every step,” he warned.

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