Police publicist Fred Enanga says Kapchorwa police station was raided by an armed men
By: Dickens H Okello
Security services have commenced investigations into circumstances under which gunmen attacked Gulu Police Station on Sunday night.
“It’s true Gulu Police barracks was attacked today,” said police publicist Fred Enanga.
“The attackers were repulsed in a fight that lasted about 39 minutes – from around 9:00pm to 9:30pm,” he added.
Enanga said he could not provide more details to avoid jeopardizing investigations.
However, highly placed sources say heavily-armed gunmen stormed the police station to rescue two suspects arrested in a recent attack on Opit military detach.
Guns were looted in the Opit raid, sparking a deep investigation into the incident.
Army officers have since been arrested in the probe.
“Today the thugs attacked us but we were ready for them,” said a source.
The town quickly turned into a battlefield as security forces battled the armed assailants.
Shops were closed as many scampered for safety.
That thugs can raid a police station and engage security forces in deadly battles is a development that will send ripples down the spine of many a Ugandan.
The incident also comes against the backdrop of reports that a new rebel movememt is operating in Uganda.
Last year, armed men attacked Mubende Police Station to loot the armoury but were repulsed.
Mbuya Military Barracks was equally attacked by gunmen a few years ago, culminating in the sacking of then Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Aronda Nyakairima.