At least two gunmen were on Friday morning gunned down after a fierce battle with the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in Moroto district, few kilometres to the Uganda-Kenya border.
However, unidentified numbers scampered for their safety with guns at an incident that happened at new gold site village, some 43 kilometres, North East of Moroto town.
The identities of the dead gunmen remains unknown but security staff suspect rustlers who were enroute for a raid into Kenya.
Lt. Col. Ronald Bigirwa, the 403 brigade Commander overseeing Moroto and Napak districts says the locals tipped the army of gunmen presence in the jungle.
He explains that they mobilized fast enough to find them winding up their meal that comprised of roasted game meat. Later, a brief fire exchange ensued and only two were found dead, while others fled for fear of their lives.
He adds that they were able to recover sub machine gun No. 1356 with 19 rounds during the fight.
Irene Aceng, the Karamoja Police spokesperson, advises the criminals to desist from the possession of firearms saying security agencies are out to arrest them.
She adds that for several months gunmen have been terrorizing villages along the border cautioning the local to report any incidences. She notes that those at large will be hunted for and brought to face the law.
Nahaman Ojwee, the Resident District Commissioner- Napak urges the UPDF not to relax as the drought strikes harder. He explains that such a time rustlers tend to replenish their herds and other steal animals to fight hunger.
He continues to say that gunmen also plan raids knowing that if animals are grabbed following footmarks is quite difficult.
This is not the first time soldiers kill gunmen towards the Uganda-Kenya border. Several including suspected Turkana rustlers have been shot dead after a tip of by concerned residents.