Three Ugandan soldiers, who are accused of being criminals by the locals have been mobbed to death near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is according to the police and a local official said Sunday.
“Three of our soldiers have been killed by a mob and investigations are going on to establish the circumstances under which the soldiers were killed,” the official Peter Debele told Nigeria News.
“Three guns have been recovered from the scene of the attack and eight people have been arrested in connection with the killing of the soldiers,” he added.
Debele revealed that the armed soldiers were attached to an army unit guarding the Ugandan border point of Vurra.
The soldiers, some eight kilometres (five miles) from their post, were stopped by residents for “questioning, they handed over the guns but the mob turned rowdy and lynched them alleging they had come to rob them,” said Debele.
Earlier this years, the government placed a ban on the wearing of camouflage due to the number of criminals donning military-style gear.
Josephine Angucia , the Ugandan police spokeswoman for the region told Nigeria News that among the dead soldiers was a unit commander attached to the customs border post, Corporal Julius Kobum.
“We urge the public not to take law into their hands whenever they are faced with any challenge. They should have reported to police,” she added.
Uganda’s border region experiences high levels of crime due to porous borders used by armed groups to rob and attack local populations.