International Police (Interpol) has rescued five of the Ugandans abducted by the South Sudan armed men.
This comes after a meeting between Ugandan IGP Kale Kayihura and IGP South Sudan National Police Gen Makur Maruol in Kampala recently.
Until the end of August, a total of 41 known Ugandans had been reported captured by a rebel group believed to be loyal to the former First Vice President Riek Machar.
They were picked up from Kampala bound buses along border districts.
These include 23 who were abducted along the Nimule-Juba Highway in May and 8 timber dealers who were abducted in July, from Lubone Sub County, Magwi County; five kilometres out of Lamwo District in Northern Uganda.
The head of directorate of Interpol Uganda, Asan Kasingye on today (Monday October 31, 2016) said, “Following the meeting between Uganda’s IGP and IGP South Sudan National Police, Police with the help of Interpol have rescued five Ugandans abducted by rebels.”
Recently, a suspected rebel group asked for ransom to release Ugandans captured during ambushes along the Nimule – Juba road, Gen Maruol said.
However, it’s not yet clear whether the rescue of the five Ugandans was after a ransom was paid to the rebels.