Tragedy struck on Sunday afternoon in Uganda’s Karamoja sub-region as unidentified armed assailants, suspected to be Karimojong warriors, shot and killed four cattle dealers. The attackers trailed their victims, executing the fatal assault at approximately 3 pm before swiftly fleeing the scene.
Acting Mt Moroto regional Police Spokesperson, IP Mike Longole, confirmed the unfortunate incident and stated that a team of detectives, aided by a canine dog, visited the crime scene, recovering substantial evidence. The victims, residents of Mbale City in eastern Uganda and reportedly cattle dealers, were traveling in a black Toyota Harrier with registration number UBP 601Q when they were ambushed along Lemusui Road in Akonguyo village, Amudat Sub County.
IP Longole condemned the murder of these innocent road users and assured the public that investigations were underway. While not disclosing the victims’ identities, the police recorded statements from witnesses to aid the ongoing probe.
The bodies of the deceased were transported to Amudat Hospital mortuary for postmortem examinations as authorities work to determine the motive behind the attack and track down the assailants. This incident adds to the unfortunate trend of deadly attacks in the mineral-rich Karamoja sub-region over the past five years, largely fueled by cattle rustling, despite previous disarmament operations conducted by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).