Unknown gunmen have shot dead two people at Kasule Ayanguwa village, Budde Sub County in Butambala District.
It is alleged that three men who were riding on a motorcycle stormed the village on Friday night as the residents gathered following the arrest of two suspected cattle thieves.
Katonga Regional Police Spokes Person, Lydia Tumushabe, said Police immediately responded, rescued the two suspected cattle thieves, and took them into custody at Kyabadaza police station.
“Moments after, a group of three men on a boda boda motorcycle reached the scene in the village and started inquiring about what happened. They looked suspicious, and the community threatened to arrest them, unaware that they were armed with a gun. The suspects drew out their guns and shot at the residents gathered, killing two instantly. The deceased persons have been identified as Kalyango Ibra and Nsubuga Peter,” ASP Tumushabe said.
“The armed assailants proceeded to Kyabadaza and attacked officers on duty. A fire exchange occurred, which enabled the escape of suspects, including the two suspected cattle thieves. Although no officers were injured and no guns were lost, part of the offices got burned, she narrated.
According to her, at this stage, the motive of the suspects has not yet been determined.
She added, the evidence response teams are already processing the crime scene.
“In addition, our operational and intelligence teams have embarked on a mission to identify the attackers and ensure they are brought to justice.”
The attack on the Police in Butambala District follows a number of attacks that have left police officers killed in Luwero and Jinja districts.