A new rebel group that calls itself National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has claimed the attack on Gulu police station Sunday evening.
“The High Command of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would like to congratulate and command our Galant members of the Democratic Military wing upon carrying out a successful Operation in Gulu last night,” the group said in a message circulated on social media.
“Our efforts yielded commendable results and we are proud of our gallant forces that have taken the lead in working towards uprooting the rotten regime of the NRM and its attending forces.”
The rebel group said in the operation, they captured a number of weaponry from both the police barracks and the Military Quarter guard sector.
“We are proud that in the entire operation we only sustained minor injuries. Rumours that two of our gallant Soldiers were killed by the enemy forces are dismissed with the contempt they deserve. All our soldiers, members of the intelligence have reported back to their respective operation bases.”
The same group claimed attack on Opit UPDF detach recently and promised not to disappoint.
“NDA did not reach the conclusion to take up arms lightly, we know the cost, and we ask Ugandans to understand. Thank you for being with us on this Liberation Journey.”
However, police chief Kale Kayihura said the attackers last evening were just criminals not a rebel group.
UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said the vehicles and rifles used by the attackers were all captured.
Army denies attack on Mbuya headquarters
Meanwhile, UPDF has dismissed as false reports that their headquarters in Mbuya have been attacked by gunmen.
The report said the army had deployed heavily to fortify the headquarters after an alleged attack on Sunday night.
“Are you sure that is not a figment of your imagination? There was no such thing. The only attack was in Gulu,” Ankunda said on phone.
Ankunda said the alleged march against Mbuya was a wish by some people but one which will not come true.
“They wish!” the army spokesperson laughed off the claim.
Mbuya hill hosts the Ministry of Defence, headquarters for Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence [CMI] and Gen Yoweri Museveni’s private offices.
The last time gunmen attacked Mbuya, the then Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen Aronda Nyakairima, was sacked from his job and other army bosses transferred.