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UPDF Soldier, Sub County Chief Shot Dead in Separate Karamoja Attacks

By Melanie Aanyu,

Security operatives in Karamoja Sub-region are investigating two cases in w hich a Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and a sub county chief were shot and killed in two separate attacks.

One of the attacks happened in Kaabong District where security operatives are now hunting for the assailants suspected to be Karimojong warriors who shot and killed the UPDF soldier in a Sunday afternoon attack which left two of his colleagues also injured.

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Pt Lopec Lotuke was riding on a motorcycle with two of his colleagues when they fell in an ambush laid by the assailants along Losilang- Loyoro road in Kaabong District.

Describing the attack as unfortunate, Major Isaac Oware, the UPDF 3rd division spokesperson said: “Pt Lopec was the one riding a motorcycle.

So, as they reached in between Loyoro and Losilang, the warriors showered them with bullets. He died instantly.“
According to Maj Oware, the two other soldiers sustained injuries on their legs and they were taken to Kaabong Hospital where they are getting treatment.

He said Pt Lopec whose duty station was in Entebbe, Wakiso District, was on his pass leave. His body was taken to his ancestral home in Kotido District for burial.