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UPDF Soldier Shoots 18 Cows Dead and Injures 25 Others in Nakapiripirit

Some of the cows killed by the soldier. PHOTO/URN

Nakapiripirit District | THE BLACK EXAMINER | A UPDF soldier, Private Yosefi Baguma, tragically killed 18 cows and injured 25 others in Nakapiripirit district, northeastern Uganda. This incident occurred on Sunday, September 17, 2023, around 10:30 am, when Baguma, a member of the security team tasked with caring for impounded cows, unleashed a shooting rampage within the Moruita-protected kraal.

Major Moses Amuya, the acting spokesperson for UPDF’s 3rd division, has confirmed this distressing event. Following the incident, security forces swiftly responded, apprehending the suspect, who is presently detained at the 407 Brigade headquarters. Amuya revealed that these cows were part of the 291 livestock impounded on September 9 from Naborokocha and Pian Upe Game Reserve. This action was taken in response to the killing of one soldier and the injury of two others in August 2023. Amuya expressed deep regret for the misconduct exhibited by their officers, emphasizing that these cows were intended as compensation for the victims of the raids.

Initial investigations suggest that the suspect may have been suffering from severe mental disturbances, and a comprehensive medical examination will be conducted to ascertain the underlying cause. Amuya urged the local community to remain calm and patient as they conduct a thorough investigation to determine the appropriate course of action.

Furthermore, Amuya provided an update on the ongoing operation against the criminals responsible for the soldiers’ killings in August. Three firearms were recovered, seven suspects have been arrested pending prosecution, and 38 exhibit cows were successfully retrieved during these operations.

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