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Security Forces Intensify Hunt for Armed Karamojong Warriors in Moroto :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Security Forces Intensify Hunt for Armed Karamojong Warriors in Moroto

The warriors, who have been terrorizing the sub-counties of Rupa and Lotisan, had taken a break following security deployment and patrols in hotspot areas, particularly Nakiloro trading center, which led to the arrest of two notorious warriors.
At the scene is a motorcycle of a cyclist who was ambushed and killed in Nakiloro
Joint Security Forces have intensified their hunt for the armed Karamojong warriors who have resorted to killing people in the Moroto district.

The warriors, who have been terrorizing the sub-counties of Rupa and Lotisan, had taken a break following security deployment and patrols in hotspot areas, particularly Nakiloro trading center, which led to the arrest of two notorious warriors. 

As a result, the community around these hotspots enjoyed relative peace, and road users were able to travel freely. However, the warriors who escaped arrest during security operations have reorganized and resumed serious attacks on road users and community members.

Between Thursday and Sunday last week, four people were ambushed and killed by suspected armed warriors in Rupa and Katikekile sub-counties. For instance, on Saturday at around 4:30 pm, the armed warriors ambushed and shot at cyclists along Nakiloro-Kakingol Road in Katikekile Sub County. 

Simon Tukon Angella, aged 28, a passenger, was shot dead, while Loupe Lochodo, a 20-year-old rider, sustained injuries and is currently admitted to Moroto Regional Referral Hospital. On Sunday morning, another cyclist who also operated a salon business in Nakiloro trading center was ambushed and killed, and his properties were looted.

Michael Longole, the Mt. Moroto regional police spokesperson, confirmed the incidents, stating that the warriors are part of the group that escaped arrest during operations. Longole noted that the group had entered the bush areas around Mt. Moroto, and the terrain frustrated efforts to apprehend them.

"These warriors have reorganized, and before the Sunday attack, the community had spotted them coming down with their firearms. Unfortunately, they scared the community from reporting the matter to the security," Longole told our reporter on the phone.

He described the situation as devastating and emphasized the need for a community-security partnership to manage these criminal elements. Longole said that the joint forces were actively hunting for the criminals and urged the community not to conceal any information that would lead to the arrest of those destabilizing the peace.