Uganda police has deployed marines to Lake Albert after a second attack by Congo soldiers on local fishermen.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said on June 15, on Lake Albert near Sebagoro Landing site in Hoima district, fishermen were attacked by suspected Congolese soldiers.
One of them was dressed in military uniform seven armed with a gun while the rest had pangas and knives.
They attacked four fishermen on their boat.
They robbed the fishermen of 30 liters of petrol, 9 lighting batteries, 1 portable radio, a mobile phone and a jacket.
The Marine Personnel are properly equipped so as to protect Ugandan fishermen on Lake Albert.
In the earlier instance, they took two mobile phones, five liters of petrol, 16 rolls of fishing gear, five lighting batteries and a jacket.
Previously – a few hours before that – the same suspected Congolese soldiers had attacked another boat and robbed them as well.
Both cases were reported at Kaiso Police Post in Buseruka sub- county and inquiries are on-going.
“Piracy by Congolese soldiers on Lake Albert appears to be continuous,” Enanga said.
“Therefore we have deployed enough Marine security.”
In May, one person was killed in an attack staged by gunmen from Democratic Republic of Congo.
Authorities identified the deceased as Wathum Mundu, a 30 year-old fisherman on Lak Albert and resident of Panyimur Sub-county in Nebbi district.
A week before, four police officers from Uganda were shot and three killed in an attack staged by DR Congo army officers.
The survivor was arrested and detained in Congo for several days.
He was handed over to Uganda after minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Okello Oryem threatened Uganda would retaliate if similar attacks happened again on Ugandan civilians.
Bodies of the three killed enforcement officers were also handed over to Uganda and later to their relatives for burial.