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The armed attacks lasted for over 30 minutes in what police spokesman, Fred Enanga, says was carried out by “a group of unknown gunmen”. He said the men raided the police station at around 8.30pm.
We feel insecure when armed people attack police stations
“A joint force of police and soldiers repulsed the attackers. The attackers engaged police and soldiers in a fire fight for about 30 minutes before they were overwhelmed by the police and military’s firepower,” he said.
One soldier and two policemen were injured in the attack.
The fighting raised the spectre of similar atrocities carried out by rebel leader, Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in that region from around 1987 to 2006.
Other fatal attacks in the region include an attack on Moroto police station, where two policemen were killed.
There have also been reports of several attacks on police facilities in the region including in the southwest district of Kasese.
“We feel insecure when armed people attack police stations. We have fear that such people could be preparing for war against the government,” a veteran politician from northern Uganda, Gregory Okello, said.
Police have issued a statement saying the attackers “fled leaving behind five SMG rifles and one PK machine gun”, but security had been reinforced in the town.
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