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Three UPDF soldiers killed by mob in Arua

Three UPDF soldiers attached to Vurra customs army detach have been killed by a mob on allegations of armed robbery.

The incident occurred on Saturday night between 9.30pm and 10.30pm at Pelele village, along the Uganda-DRC border in Arua district.

Police in Arua identified the dead soldiers as Corporal Julius Kobum; the Vurra customs detach commander, Lance Corporal Ibrahim Isingoma and Private Peter Ola.

The three were reportedly intercepted by a mob after a cyclist sounded an alarm indicating that they had plotted to rob him.

Josephine Angucia, the police spokesperson for West Nile said that it is still not clear, what the soldiers were doing eight kilometres away from the detach. She says the bodies of the UPDF soldiers were taken to Arua regional referral hospital for postmortem.

According to Anguncia the three deceased officers were each carrying an SMG rifles with 30 rounds of ammunition each. All these were recovered from the scene. Eight people were arrested and detained at Arua CPS to help with investigations.

According to some sources, the soldiers underestimated the reaction of the locals who surrounded them and handed over their guns to the angry mob who later clobbered them to death.

The police say Pelele village where the road connecting Arua to Paidha via Logiri passes along the border between Uganda and DR Congo has been known for armed robbery.

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-1 #1 Lakwena 2018-07-23 10:34
In other words, no sweat and blood!

If in the dark (9:30pm), barehanded civilians can disarm 3 UPDF soldiers, and each carrying fully loaded AK47, then Mr. M7 and country must be afraid.
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0 #2 nonpartisan 2018-07-23 12:06
Is this the disciplined army that has been built this whole time?

I don't understand how a soldier hands over his gun with such gullibility to an angry mob?

Raise a soldiers pay, house him well, train him constantly with values and other soldiering skills and you will have a true fighting and thinking machine.

The army is the only security institution that we thought we could trust and yet they too are imploding.
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0 #3 Odongkara 2018-07-23 16:29
I currently live in Arua and it's sad that security forces who are mandated to protect the citizens become the first enemy.

These soldiers were already known robbers to the community here, it was only a matter of time that this would happen.

Sad but should serve as a warning to the others remaining and are known robbers.
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+1 #4 Fuller 2018-07-23 17:33
If a story can sound incredible, this sure does!

No soldier hands over a gun to a civilian -- well, a UPDF soldier can hand over a gun, three times in this case.

With 90 rounds unspent!
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0 #5 juwait kali 2018-07-23 21:55
Abantu bakoowu that's why they are taking the law in their hands. So many soldiers were recruited with little late payment.

The locals can't expect the Government to do anything knowing the Government cannot pay their employee soldiers etc.
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