The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has trashed rumours that Sunday night’s attacks at Opit military detach in Gulu District were master minded by a rebel movement.
Kayihura made the clarification on Monday morning while addressing journalists about the incident at the police headquarters in Naguru.
“The attack was just a criminal gang trying to rescue their colleague who is due to appear in court today. Those spreading wrong information are causing fear and panic among the public, see http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/includes/upgrade.php ” he said.
On Sunday evening, symptoms http://cehurd.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-users-list-table.php a rebel group named the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came out and claimed responsibility of the attack which it described as successful.
Kayihura during the press conference was dismayed that media houses had ‘blown the story out of proportion.’
“Yes, recipe you can say there’s an element of organized crime but this was not such a big threat,” he said. “We didn’t arrest some of attackers because it was at night and not easy. But we successfully neutralized them.”
He added, “We have strong evidence linking the suspects in custody to earlier attacks on May 27th on the UPDF detach in the same town.”
The Police boss told reporters that the gang left behind 6 AK 47 guns, one machine gun, a bow and arrows among other weapons.
Gen.Kayihura said that in order not to be detected, the attackers who were moving on a pickup also had another vehicle they used as a cover before they opened fire at the Gulu Central police station.
“The joint force however responded effectively preventing them from entering the station before pursuing them. In the exchange, UPDF’s Cpl. Moses Edema was killed and 2 police officers injured,” he added.
The police chief said they were able to recover 6 AK -47 riffles, PK machine gun,8, 270 rounds of ammunition,12 empty magazines and other weapons from the attackers.
Despite the attack, Kayihura reassured that the country is peaceful and stable. Since February, he noted, this has been the first attack on police stations.
“The previous incidents have been simple criminal scenarios. There’s nothing much to worry about. Many stolen riffles are in hands of criminals but we are battling it.”