The suspects were attempting to cross into DR Congo with a stolen car from Kampala.
PIC: The shattered Police car at Arua Police Station
CRIME | ARUA
The Police flying squad in Arua today morning shot dead two suspected car thieves along the Arua Lia Border Custom Road in Adumi sub-county.
The Police also recovered a silver Premio Vehicle registration Number UAR 490K, which the thieves had stolen from Kireka in Kampala. The stolen car case was registered in Kireka vide SD reference 03/07/12/2017. They were attempting to cross the border to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Police only identified one of the suspects as Geoffrey Matovu from Makindye Division in Kampala and his co-driver, a Congolese, yet to be identified.
The bodies are currently kept at Arua regional referral hospital mortuary.
Jude Nasucho, the District Police Commander of Arua, explained to New Vision that his officers were pursuing a stolen vehicle from Kireka after getting information that the car was heading to Arua and had passed Pakwach at a breakneck speed.
He said the police flying squad took position in Bondo in the wee hours of the night and when the car arrived, they started to chase it.
PIC: Arua DPC Jude Nasucho
Nasucho said the occupants of the car continued to drive at a high speed through Arua town via Onduparaka road, heading to DR. Congo.
The suspects reportedly knocked an elderly man at Onduparaka, breaking his leg. This forced the police to open fore, killing both ocupants of the car on the spot. The bodies were taken to Arua regional referral hospital.
Josephine Angucia, the area Police spokesperson, said the thieves tried to avoid, which led to them being shot.
Meanwhile, DPC Nasucho said a security meeting attended by officials from Uganda and DR Congo on Friday agreed to jointly crack down on thugs who come from Congo and link up with those in Uganda to steal cars.