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Three suspected robbers lynched in foiled Rubaga robbery

By Meddie Musisi

Added 20th May 2016 09:32 AM

The trio was involved in the armed robbery of a supermarket

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Joseph Nsabimana the OC Nateete Police Station showing off the gun which police recovered. Photo by Meddie Musisi

The trio was involved in the armed robbery of a supermarket

Police is investigating an incident where a mob in Rubaga division lynched three armed robbers who on Wednesday reportedly robbed a supermarket in Masanafu, a city suburb.

The men were cornered as they attempted to take off after the robbery.

One of the robbers identified as Emmanuel Habimana was lynched meters away from the supermarket.

The two others whose credentials were not identified were chased down and killed in Kibumbiro-Busega, about 3kms away from the crime scene.

Joseph Nsabimana, the officer in charge (OC) Nateete Police Station told New Vision that police arrived when the suspects had already been killed.

"By the time we reached the scene, the mob had already lynched the suspects to death," he said.

Police managed to arrest one of the residents identified as Yasin Aturinde who allegedly followed them on a motorcycle.

Police recovered an SAR gun which was allegedly used in the robbery.

Nsabimana said the recovered gun is thought to have been taken from a security guard at a supermarket along Wakaliga Road earlier this month.

The motorcycle registration number UDN 812B which the suspects were using was also taken to Natete Police.

"We have been looking for this gun," he added.

Nsabimana advised the public to stop taking the law in their hands because the habit affects police's attempts to net other criminals.       

Ahmed Kabuye a resident of Masanafu said the robbers who were on a motorcycle entered into EBS Supermarket and held the attendants at gun point demanding for money.

David Tugume, the supermarket manager, said the thugs had taken sh1m which vanished during the lynching.

"When police came, they searched the bodies but found no money," he added.

Nsabimana said bodies were taken to Kampala Capital City Authority mortuary. 

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