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  • Updated: July 14, 2023

Ugandan Soldier Fatally Shoots Two Colleagues, Injures One

Ugandan Soldier Fatally Shoots Two Colleagues, Injures One

A Ugandan Soldier.

On Thursday night, a Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier fatally shot two of his colleagues while injuring another.

Authorities in Fort Portal, in western Uganda, said they investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident. 

Avugo Lomuro, an Airforce Evacuation Component member assigned to the Mountain Division Signal Department, is said to be on the run following the Thursday night shooting. 

During the altercation, a female soldier was injured.

Col Deo Akiiki, the UPDF's deputy spokesperson, denounced the incident and stated that attempts are being made to locate and apprehend Cpl Lomuro.

"We received a report of an incident involving Corporal Avugo Lomuro of the Mountain Division Signal Department, who is assigned to the Airforce Evacuation Component."

"Tragically, he shot and killed two colleagues and injured another, whose name is being withheld due to UPDF reporting policies," the statement reads. 

On Friday morning, Col Akiiki told media agencies that "he (suspect) will be brought to book to answer for his crimes."

Residents near the barracks stated they were terrified after hearing multiple gunshots only moments after President Museveni spoke to the nation about the country's security.

"I had not yet slept when I heard the gunshots, along with my family members.

"We were terrified after thinking that ADF rebels had stormed the barracks. 

"However, we were told in the morning that soldiers inside the barracks were fighting," said James Tusiime, a Katojo resident who lives near the barracks. 

The barracks have long been recognised as a significant military station and a cornerstone of the UPDF's operations in the region since it is currently involved in a combined hunt for Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in the eastern part of the country.

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