A joint security force was last night combing neighbourhoods in and outside Luweero town following an afternoon attack at a traffic checkpoint in which a police officer was killed and another injured by a machete-wielding gang.A joint security force was last night combing neighbourhoods in and outside Luweero town following an afternoon attack at a traffic checkpoint in which a police officer was killed and another injured by a machete-wielding gang.
In Kampala, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Martins Okoth-Ochola, according to a statement issued by police spokesperson Fred Enanga, vowed that law enforcement will apprehend masterminds of the “violent attack”.
“At this stage, the motivation of the violent attack and murder is not yet established, although it appears they targeted guns for robbery,” he noted, adding, “ The tragic incident is a stark reminder of the hazards police officers face in their efforts to protect the public and keep citizens safe.”
Back in Luweero, Mr Ignatius Otong, the Savannah region police commander, said Police Constable Ronald Busingye, who suffered multiple cuts to the head and face, died shortly upon arrival at Luweero Hospital.
The injured has been named as Josephat Twinamasiko, and police transferred him from Luweero Hospital to Kampala for specialised management.
Multiple police sources and witnesses said the attackers slashed the pair with machetes at a busy highway traffic checkpoint outside Luweero town, roughly 60 kilometres north of Kampala. Both victims belonged to Police’s Field Force Unit (FFU), and had recently been transferred to Luweero, multiple sources said.