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'Wangilima no threat'

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th November 2000 03:00 AM

MAJOR Phinehas Katirima, the army spokesman, has said the suspected Wangilima warriors, who attacked the Uganda/DR Congo market at Kasindi on Tuesday are not a threat.

By John Thawite MAJOR Phinehas Katirima, the army spokesman, has said the suspected Wangilima warriors, who attacked the Uganda/DR Congo market at Kasindi on Tuesday are not a threat. "These are ill-willed people merely poised on causing trouble," Katirima said at the weekend. He confirmed that the armed warriors had staged an attack on the Lubiriha market, one kilometre west of common border with Kasese district. Katirima did not, however, specify the particulars of the attackers. "Let me first consult within the institution (army)," he said on Wednesday. About 10 people, eight of them suspected Congolese Wangilima warriors, died on Tuesday when the warriors raided the market at midday. The dead were buried in a bush near the market. Lt. Col. Tumusiime Nyakaitana, a field commander of the 2nd Division operating in the region, said two of the attackers were captured. He said a civilian woman was killed and a UPDF soldier slightly injured as he beat off the attackers who tried to disarm him. Eyewitnesses said the attackers had guns, spears and machetes and numbered between 20-25. The stampede that ensued spilled into the sub-counties of Karambi and Bwera. Two months ago, 50 suspected Wangilima raided the same market. The army captured 49 of them but released them later. Ends.

'Wangilima no threat'

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