Locals in Arua municipality have helped Police to recover a registered UPDF gun, an SMG, No. UG UPDF UE 04061998 with 13 rounds of ammunition from a suspected robber in Barifa forest, Arua Municipality.
ASP Angucia Josephine, the Police spokesperson in charge of Westnile Region, identified one of the locals as Ali Tiondi, a resident of the area who was trying to trace for his stolen iron sheets in the forest.
According to Angucia, Mr Tiondi saw the gunman resting, thus prompted him to call his neighbors who came armed with Panga and approached the robber.
On the locals’ arrival, the robber jumped from his sleep, attempted to grab the gun to shoot machetes’ armed locals who struggled to remove the gun from him and cut him several times on the head, arms, back and legs before fleeing.
The residents soon handed over the gun to Arua Central Police Station [CPS] for further management.
Police has dispatched a team of detectives with police dogs to trace for the where about of the robber who disappeared with serious injuries.
Angucia Josephine says police has launched investigations on suspicion that the gun could have been robbed from a UPDF officer, Private Otimong James attached to 503 Brigade who was killed in May while on official duty at Arua hill Boma ground by unknown assailants.
Police also suspects the gun is connected to a number of murders by shooting that have rocked Arua town and its suburb in Muni area in recent months.
The gun of the deceased officer was robbed with 120 rounds of ammunition but only 13 rounds of ammunition were recovered, Police says.
Some exhibits of personal effects which include a phone have been recovered from the scene. Two suspects arrested so far are helping Police with investigations.