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UPDF Battles Militants in Rwenzori

President Museveni looks through some of the military equipment being used by UPDF solders undertaking the mountain warfare specialised training in Kilembe, Kasese recently

Heavy gunfire has Thursday night rocked the mountainous areas of Rwenzori as elite military units engaged suspected armed militants in combat action, adiposity http://debbiehowes.com/wp-admin/includes/file.php leaving several people dead.
It’s reported that eight people have been confirmed dead though the death toll could be higher.
Government officials were not readily available for comment.
However, http://ccalliance.org/blog/wp-includes/theme.php authorities said a combined force of UPDF and Uganda Police Force launched assaults in Kamabale A and Karangura in Kabarole District to dislodge gangs terrorising people living in the mountains.
Rwenzori sub region police spokesperson Lydia Tumushabe confirmed the operation which she said was meant to restore sanity in the volatile region.
“Some gangs have been laying ambushes in the villages and stealing property hence causing insecurity, http://ccalliance.org/wp-admin/includes/class-ftp-sockets.php ” she told reporters.
She added that bases hitherto in the hands of militants have been run over by security forces.
The Rwenzori region remains a thorn in the flesh of Uganda’s armed forces.
Several radical Rwenzururu fighters last year attacked a military barracks before being felled by machine guns.
A threat of a growing insurgency recently terrified Museveni.
He would later tour the region seen as a stronghold of the political opposition.

The fighting shook hearts as residents fled their residence for safety.

“In the afternoon, I realised people were running away from the mountain to the town as gun shots were being heard from where they were coming from,”Nyakatonzi sub county councillor Ham Natuhwera told this website.

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He added: “Kirumira Mutima fighters used weapons like pangas, axe , arrows amd locally made bombs to fight soldiers.”
Kasese politicians have since accused government of exclusion, a charge officials vehemently deny.
A specialised force is being trained by French military instructors in mountain warfare in Rwenzori.
Residents reported seeing military choppers hovering in areas where military forces were conducting the surprise operation.

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