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Congo gunmen shoot dead 4 Ugandan marines

Ugandan police divers

Congo gunmen ambushed and killed four Uganda marine police officers on Lake Albert in Ntoroko District over the weekend.

The incident happened on Saturday night at Mulango, on the Ugandan border, when the officers were carrying out routine patrols against illegal fishing.

The dead were identified as; Sergeant Faruk Waiswa, Corporal Biral Opara, Constable Moses Ocen and Constable Bernard Isingoma.

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, told Daily Monitor, the gunmen confiscated the Uganda Police Force speed boat and guns.

He said the officers were carrying out their duties and that investigations to establish the attackers and their motive are still on on-going.

Rwenzori Region police commander Denis Namuwoza told Monitor DRC soldiers took the bodies of the officers to Beni Township, northeastern DRC.

Namuwoza said his officers were informed by Ugandan fishermen that Congolese nationals were illegally fishing on the Ugandan side only to be shot dead in an ambush.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanent secretary, Ambassador James Mugume, told the newspaper Uganda’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, James Kinobe, had accordingly been briefed.

He said officials will hold an emergency meeting in Kampala today to establish the facts of the attack after which they will formally communicate Uganda’s response.

In 2013, Congolese soldiers arrested five Ugandan officers, including two police constables, and three fisheries officers before detaining them in Congo for nine months.

They were only released after President Museveni intervened during his visit to Kinshasa.

Recently, the police arrested 20 armed Congolese soldiers who had crossed into Uganda’s waters.


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