By Vincent Biruga
Last night, a group of unknown men armed with bows, arrows, pangas, and axes attacked Zombo UPDF barracks in Zombo Town Council.
The attackers set several huts of the soldiers on fire before chopping two arms of one soldier off.
Sources tell Red Pepper Digital that as the exchange of fire intensified between government forces and the attackers, three of their men were killed on the spot while others ran towards Ajere hill western part of Zombo.
“As I write, already military aircraft is bombing the village near Ajere hill where it’s believed the assailants are hiding,” a villager who preferred anonymity told this reporter.
An hour ago, a stranger who seems to be part of the gunmen at large was arrested by the community in Padeya sub-county while two were also picked from Konga Health Centre III, where they had gone to seek treatment.
“Truth be told, the situation in Zombo District is tense right now as people are seen running up and down,” the villager says.
He adds that he was also informed that the people living around Ajere hill were told to leave that area for now.
The Ugandan Army Deputy Spokesman confirmed the incident in a Social Media post.
“A gang of criminals armed with machetes, bows, and arrows this morning made a suicidal attack on a UPDF detachment in Zombo Town Council this morning.
Three Soldiers died in the attack and a number of attackers were also killed. Security forces working with the local leaders and wanainchi are currently hunting for those assailants who escaped as investigations continue to establish the motive behind this heinous crime,” Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki.