According to the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Zombo Anthony Kajoyinji Mbyone , they will consider guarding the surveillance officers, but also deploying heavily at the border, although this calls for resources.
Colonel Malik Atocho, the alleged commander of the attack on the UPDF barracks in Zombo in March 2020 that left four Soldiers dead, was whisked off from Arua hospital on Friday evening under tight UPDF security for further management in Kampala after his condition deteriorated.
Intelligence reports over the weekend indicated that letters and verbal communications have been released by the suspected rebel group based in DR Congo warning of an eminent attack of security bases in Zombo again.
The Fourth Infantry Division spokesperson, Maj. Caesar Olweny confirmed to URN on Thursday afternoon the additional troop deployment in the district. He says the soldiers will help beef security within the district and ensure that what happened on their military installation never reoccurs.
Now, fresh information shows that local leaders in the district started issuing distress calls to security personnel about the suspicious men in December last year. The latest reports were made two weeks before the attacks.
Ismail Mustafa, the LCI Chairperson of Oduk Village says he saw three different groups of about 30 men each advancing towards the detach. They were all wearing black facemasks. Out of suspicion, he informed the detach intelligence officer but it was too late. Within a moment, the place was covered in a barrage of gunfire.
The attackers who were reportedly armed with machetes, bows and arrows invaded the army detach at about 12:30am , a short distance from the Resident District Commissioners officer, killed three UPDF soldiers and torched several huts before fleeing away.
A group of over 100 civilians armed with machetes, hoes, bows and arrows on Thursday night stormed Oduk UPDF detach located one kilometre away from Zombo town council offices and set ablaze four grass-thatched houses at the detach.
Josephine Angucia, the regional police spokesperson for West Nile says that statements recorded by the first group indicate that the men were lured by promises of job opportunities in Juba, south Sudan where they would be paid up to USD 30 on a daily basis.