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Police Fires Live Bullets, Teargas To Disperse Rowdy Mob

Residents later mobilised and stormed the police post baying for the suspect’s blood prompting the officers to fire live bullets and teargas to disperse them.

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Police used teargas and live bullets on Monday evening in Kole district to disperse a rowdy mob that wanted to lynch two suspected cattle thieves.

Daniel Okello and Nelson Elum, both residents of Alemi Trading Centre in Ayer Sub County were intercepted by angry residents in Masaka trading center in Kole district enroute to Alebtong district.

James Ojok, the Abako Village LC I Chairperson, says the suspects were found in possession of a stolen bull belonging to Vincent Ananga, a resident of the area.

According to Ojok, the situation got out of hand when the suspects tried to flee prompting residents to pursue them.  

Residents intercepted the suspects in Alemi trading center and tried to lynch them but officers from Alemi Police Post came to their rescue.   

Residents later mobilised and stormed the police post baying for the suspect’s blood prompting the officers to fire live bullets and teargas to disperse them.    

The residents engaged the officers in running battles that lasted for about 30 minutes. It took the intervention of officers from Kole Central Police Station to restore calm.    

Two teenagers identified as Solomon Ogwang and Stella Acheng, were shot in the scuffle. They are currently hospitalised at Lira Regional Referral Hospital.   

David Ongom Mudong, the North Kyoga Region Police Spokesperson, told URN they had managed to calm down the situation. 

He however, said the mob members destroyed vital documents and three motorcycles at Kole Central Police Station.

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