The joint security forces have arrested four suspected criminals, and a total of five guns have been recovered in separate operations and voluntary engagement across the Karamoja subregion.
The joint security forces recovered two guns in Kaabong district on February 10, 2024, after a night patrol that was carried out on spot cordon and search operation in the suspected area of Lomonye village, Morulem parish, Kaabong East sub-county in Kaabong district, according to 3rd Division Army Spokesperson Maj Isaac Owaare.
“As a result of a fruitful effort, Sub Machine Gun (SMG) number P07743 BC and another numberless SMG with 1 and 7 live rounds of ammunition, respectively, were forcefully recovered,” Maj Owaare said.
He said during the same operation, four male adult suspects were arrested in connection with the criminal acts and are currently held under custody at UPDF’s 45 Infantry Battalion headquarters in Kaabong district for further investigation.
Maj Owaare identified the suspects as Lotyang Lokarion, Lotyang Lopote, Bakamoe Lopote, and Ayollo Lopote, who are all residents of Lomonye village, Morulem parish, within Kaabong East sub-county.
“Seven cows, fifteen goats, four sheep, and two donkeys suspected to have been stolen by the above-named suspects were impounded for further management,” Maj Owaare said.
He added that similarly, in pursuit of criminal elements in the general area of Kapsanyang, Losilang sub-county in Kotido district, one armed warrior was put out of action, and SMG number 16090 with 16 live rounds of ammunition were forcefully recovered.
Relatedly, in an effort to heed and take advantage of the existing Presidential Amnesty window, two Karacuna voluntarily surrendered two guns (65797 and 0374) to security forces in Amudat district.