The army and police investigators say they have recovered a gun used to kill ten people in an attack on a local bar in Bombo town council a week ago.
On Saturday morning, a soldier who was later identified as Private Patrick Okot Odoch from Bombo Military Barracks, attacked Yumbe boys’ bar in Bombo and shot ten people dead including Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers. Prelimanary police and army investigartions reveal that Okot was carrying out a revenge attack on Sergeant Onesmus Adule and Florence Akulu, who had reported him to police for attempting to defile and assault their 14 year old daughter. Adule and his wife Akulu died in the attack.
Later, the UPDF imposed a night curfew in Bombo and Wobulenzi areas in an effort to arrest the killer and recover the gun.
The Luweero District Police Commander Godfrey Ninsiima says a platoon of soldiers from Bombo Military barracks and police officers recovered the gun on Thursday at Nyimbwa village in Nyimbwa Sub County.
Ninsiima explains that they followed Okot‘s movements after the incident and found his army uniform dumped at Nyimbwa village. He explains that the investigators combed Nyimbwa village for more than four hours until they landed on the gun hidden in bush.
Ninsiima adds that before he escaped from night duty, Private Okot had 30 live rounds of ammunition but on recovery the AK 47 rifle had only 3 bullets. He says that this indicates that Okot fired 27 bullets to kill the ten people.
Ninsiima says that the gun has been kept at Bombo Military barracks as exhibit.
He says that although the gun has been recovered, the search is still on for the errant soldier who is believed to be hiding in Northern Uganda.
Captain Stanley Malisaba, the Spokesperson of Bombo Military barracks, confirmed recovery of the gun and said a team of soldiers are still trailing Private Okot. Malisaba says that the army is also planning to see how they will help the bereaved families.
Those killed in the attack include Francis Musana, a Warrant Officer attached to the Directorate of Culture, Sergeant Joel Obote, and Sergeant Onesmus Odule, who is attached to the Chieftaincy of Personnel and Administration. Others are Corporal Osere Isaac attached to the Directorate of Culture and Namatovu Teddy, a Private attached to the Directorate of Sports.
The civilian victims include Wilber Odiba, Aseru Amina, the bar owner, Akullu Florence, the wife of Sergeant Odule, Akole Sarah and David Komakech.