Army names arrested commander, calls Gulu gunmen amateurs


UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda has named the captured commander of Gulu gunmen who attacked a police station on Sunday leading to death of a soldier and police boss.

Ankunda has revealed that David Opiyo, the commander of the Gulu attack is among the nine gunmen who were arrested and are currently in custody.

Their attack led to the death of Cpl Moses Edema and police fire officer Moses Mawanda.

Ankunda who says the country is relatively calm told NBS TV that until Sunday, the entire country was secure situation.

“The situation in Gulu is back to normal. We suspect that Sunday’s attack was an offshoot of an earlier attack in Opit, aimed at rescuing UPC mobiliser Dan Odiya Oula.”

Ankunda said the army has recovered all the guns (6 rifles, 1 machine gun).

“We need to investigate what is giving amateurish attackers the strength to attack police stations.”

He said security had good intelligence prior to Sunday’s attack in Gulu.

“We were ready. These attackers are lone actors who come out in an amateurish way and soon lose their plot.”

He said the attackers first visited a shrine before they raided. “Amateurish”.

Ankunda noted that the arrests of people with alleged rebel links are informed by intelligence.

“We don’t see any links between those arrested with alleged rebel links and the defiance campaign but we are investigating.

Ankunda said security agencies are in charge while they investigate these cases thoroughly.

“Kifeesi, P10 remnants still existent. There seems to be a shift; initially, they were in Kampala but are now emerging elsewhere.”

“While there could be a connection between actors in Kampala and those in Gulu, we are still investigating. I don’t want to conclude that these attackers belong to a rebel group.”

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