Police spokesman Fred Enanga has confirmed the attack on police barracks in Gulu town Sunday evening.
He said attack was intended to rescue Dan Oola, Uganda people’s Congress party’s National Deputy Secretary for Mobilization who was arrested by police recently over his alleged involvement in rebel activities.
He said Oola is set to appear in court today, and according to the intelligence they got, the attack on the security facility was to stop Oola from being taken to court.
The shooting that caused unrest in Gulu started at about 8:30-9pm. Our sources said after it went silent, it again started at around 10pm.
Enanga however failed to confirm the second shooting, ruling that it must have been from the attackers not for their side.
He said there was no fatalities from the shootouts, but just minor injuries on a military officer and a police officer.
This rules out earlier reports that linked the shootouts to mutiny or bank robbery as was earlier being reported.
Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda says the attack was thwarted and three of the gunmen surrendered.
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.