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Four People Injured in Deadly Land Clashes in Gulu

David Ngole, the Palaro Sub-County Chairperson said the clashes involved family members who were fighting over ownership of disputed communal land. According to Ngole, the clashes followed a prolonged unresolved dispute between the relatives.
One of the victims of the Palaro sub county land clashes recieving treatment at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital
Police in Gulu is holding two people for masterminding deadly land clashes which left four family members critically injured.  The incident occurred on Sunday night in Telute village, Palaro Sub-County in Gulu District.  

David Ngole, the Palaro Sub-County Chairperson said the clashes involved family members who were fighting over ownership of disputed communal land. According to Ngole, the clashes followed a prolonged unresolved dispute between the relatives.  

The injured included Walter Okello, 21, Bicenytina Adong, 65, Charles Okot, 45, Bosco Okot, 30, all peasant farmers of the same village. They are all admitted at Gulu Region Referral Hospital  

The attackers who were armed with lethal objects including pangas, spears, bows and arrows have been identified as Kennedy Oyet, Opiyo Denis and Odong Odoki. They fled the scene but were trailed and two were arrested on Monday night by community members, who handed them over to the police.  

Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema says that the suspects will face charges of attempted murder. Okema added that police backed by locals have launched a manhunt for the third suspect who remains at large.  

Inter-communal disputes over land in Northern Uganda have been escalated by economic disparity, irregular land tenure systems, youth unemployment and marginalized population threatening peace, security and stability.  

Over 20 people have been killed in Acholi sub-region as a direct result of land wrangles since 2012. More than 100 have been injured. Other hot spot areas in the region entangled in conflicts include Aswa ranch in Pader, Lakang and Apaa in Amuru, Okidi parish in Atiak sub-county Orom in Kitgum and Lokung in Lamwo district.