Army thwarts Gulu attack, 3 gunmen surrender


Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda


Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda says security forces have repulsed an attack on Gulu Police Station.

Ankunda said the “attackers wanted to rescue one of their own from cells who had been arrested following an earlier attack on Opit LDU detach”.

A week ago, gunmen attacked Opit Local Defense Unit (LDU) detach under the Alpha Battalion, just 30 kilometers out of Gulu town.

The assailants also made away with unspecified number of guns and army uniforms.

Lt. Ahmad Hassan Kato, the acting 4th Division UPDF spokesperson said the attackers killed a Local Defense Unit officer as Ojarra Alfonse and a toddler by names of Okullu Hagai.

Gunfire returned to Gulu town Sunday evening at about 8pm when gunmen attacked Gulu Police Station before launching another raid on a military barracks.

The confrontation which was confirmed by Wilson Kwanya, the Aswa Regional Police Commander, lasted for about an hour and 30 minutes.

Ankunda said that the Gulu police station attack had been successfully thwarted.

The attackers also wanted to rescue Uganda People’s Congress party’s National Deputy Secretary for Mobilisation, Dan Oola Odiya who was arrested by police recently over his alleged involvement in subversive activities.

“Oola Dan [was] not “rescued”. [He] must face court,” Ankunda said.

He said three of the attackers have surrendered with two rifles.

“[The] situation [is now] back to normal.”

Five were rifles recovered plus one machine gun by the joint security forces.

The attackers abandoned a pickup, a Pajero, a saloon car and three motor cycles.

Ankunda quoted police chief Kale Kayihura confirming that the situation in Gulu was calm after the joint police-UPDF operation against the attackers.

This comes at a time 30 soldiers and civilians are being detained and questioned over their alleged links to an unnamed rebel group.

This week, an unidentified armed force announced it was planning attacks on government installations in Acholi sub-region in northern Uganda.

According to Santo Okot Lapolo, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner (RDC), government would repel the criminals.

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