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UPDF Gun Recovered in Foiled Robbery in Hoima :: Uganda Radionetwork
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UPDF Gun Recovered in Foiled Robbery in Hoima

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, says a team of Flying Squad investigators is on the ground hunting for the suspected robber, adding that the gun has already been exhibited.
Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson confirmed the recovery of the UPDF gun to URN.

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The police in Hoima have recovered a gun belonging to the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) in a foiled robbery. The AK47 rifle, registration number UPDF 767183, with 30 rounds of ammunition was recovered on Saturday evening at around 7:30 pm when an unknown suspected robber raided a mobile money agent identified only as Eunice operating along Main Street in Hoima City and attempted to rob her.

It is alleged that the suspected robber disguised as a client and approached the mobile money agent, but before they could execute any transaction, the mobile money agent became suspicious and sounded an alarm that attracted other residents. As the residents responded to the alarm, the robber reportedly took off abandoning a bag he had in his possession containing the gun. When residents checked the abandoned bag, they recovered a gun wrapped in a piece of cloth. 

They reportedly alerted the police, who immediately rushed and picked up the gun. Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson, says a team of Flying Squad investigators is on the ground hunting for the suspected robber, adding that the gun has already been exhibited.  

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Jane Atuhura, a resident of Hoima City, demands security to intensify their surveillance network since armed robbers are invading the region. This is not the first time a gun has been recovered in the region. In December 2022, the police in the Albertine Region recovered a gun that was stolen from a private security guard in Hoima City. 

The rifle registration number UG Pol 303-65933107928 was recovered with two rounds of ammunition on Tuesday hidden in a culvert in Bulindi village, Kyambigambire Sub-county, Hoima District. The gun was reportedly robbed by Eunice Kobusingye, 28, a private security guard from Uganda Securiko Company Limited on November 28th, 2022.

She had been deployed to guard Kaaka Spare World Shop along Wright Road in Hoima City when the thugs reportedly raided the shop and took off with the gun. Preliminary police investigations then indicated that the guard was asleep at the time the thugs raided the shop. In the same month, the Police Flying Squad in the Albertine recovered a gun and arrested four suspects in Kikuube. 

The gun registration number URJ3106 was recovered from Nkondo Landing Site in Kabwoya Sub-county, Kikuube District. The suspects arrested on accusations of illegal possession of the firearm were identified as Hassan Isingoma, 20, John Kabagambe, 38, Doreen Bammuhiiga, 17, all residents of Ntoroko, and Rashid Byaruhanga, 19, a resident of Kyenjojo. 

They were arrested after the police received intelligence that they had a gun that they were using to rob residents in the area. When the Flying Squad operatives raided the area, they recovered an AK 47 rifle registration number URJ3106 from the suspects while at the landing site. The gun did not have any rounds of ammunition at the time it was recovered.

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