A man believed to be in his 20’s was on Monday morning shot dead after a face-off with a Uganda People’s Defence force soldier in Napak district.
The incident happened at Kokoria detachment, Lokupoi parish in Matany Sub County, some 38 kilometres from South West of Moroto town.
However, the attacker has remained unidentified by hundreds of residents who have thronged the detachment.
Pte. Oscar Opio Oluum, the soldier who shot him explains that the assailant stealthily removed his improvised grass door before launching an attack on him, some minutes past midnight.
He swung his panga skillfully in the cover of darkness, but was only hamstrung by a mosquito net that slowed its swing. The alarmed soldier woke up, grabbed his gun and opened fire.
He notes that after shooting him several bullets, the attacker jumped out and ran for an estimated distance of seven metres before collapsing dead.
Capt. Denis Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson admits the attack on the detachment by unidentified man. Omara blames the deceased for wanting to die adding that you cannot go to a detachment to steal a gun.
Meanwhile, Francis Tumwesigye, the District Police Commander – Napak says they are yet to ascertain the motive of the attacker. He says police is not sure if the attacker intended to kill the soldier or take his gun.
He says police will investigate. He advises the youth to seek for productive ventures and think of attacking military installations.
This is not the first time gun grabbers have attacked detachments in Karamoja. Several cases have been reported in Nakapiripirit, Amudat and Kotido districts.