The civilian casualty has been identified as Peter Abac, a resident of Dogtangi village in Lawiye Oduny Parish who sustained fractures in the leg while the yet to be identified soldier from Lamwo Battalion's Bana Bana barracks was shot in the chest.
people including a UPDF soldier are nursing
bullet injuries sustained during a fire exchange between the army and armed South Sudan cattle rustlers in Madi Opei Sub County, Lamwo district
civilian casualty has been identified as Peter Abac a resident of Dogtangi
village in Lawiye Oduny Parish who sustained fractures in the leg while the yet to be identified soldier from the UPDF Lamwo Battalion's Bana Bana barracks
was shot in the chest.
Madi Opei Sub County LCIII Chairperson Felix Nyero Lawii confirms the incident
saying both casualties are currently receiving treatment at Madi Opei Health
Centre IV where medics say their condition is stable.
to Lawii, the injured were part of joint operation consisting of the UPDF, Anti
Stock Theft Unit -ASTU personnel and local residents who had embarked on a
pursuit of the suspected cattle thieves after they raided cattle from Dogtangi
Village in Lawiye Oduny parish.
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The armed rustlers said to have come in
a large number, raided 39 head of cattle belonging to Olon Olonyi and John
Apila on Monday morning and swiftly drove them towards Tseretenya Bomah in
Ikotos County of South Sudan.
Upon receiving the information about the
raid, residents alerted the UPDF soldiers who in accompanied by residents embarked on a pursuit that saw a gun fight erupt between the
rustlers and the army.
Lawi says the pursuit saw the army and
the armed rustlers spend the better part of Monday engaged in a shootout along
the border of Uganda and South Sudan where two people were injured and some
Resident district Commissioner James Nabinson Kidega says they managed to recover
26 animals although due
to the mountainous terrain the armed rustlers
managed to escape with some
of the animals to the other side in South Sudan.
says they are in touch with his counterpart, the Ikotos County Commissioner who
says authorities in South Sudan have embarked on a search to ensure the
rustlers are apprehended and the stolen animals recovered.