THE Lordâ€™s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels on Thursday evening ambushed a vehicle carrying the Aswa county Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) answer scripts, killing a P.7. candidate
THE Lordâ€™s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels on Thursday evening ambushed a vehicle carrying the Aswa county Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) answer scripts, killing a P.7. candidate.
The rebels did not tamper with the scripts. Two UPDF escorts injured in the attack died on arrival at Paicho health centre near the army detachment where they were rushed for treatment. Two others died later at night.
Gulu education chief Michael Ocan-Ongom said the scripts belonged to over 200 PLE candidates from Aswa county, north of Gulu town.
He said the scripts were kept overnight in Paicho under tight security by the UPDF, and arrangements were yesterday being made to transport them to Gulu town.
The driver, Richard Okwanga, and another soldier were injured. Okwanga was shot in the leg when the rebels sprayed bullets at the truck.
Military sources quoting Okwanga said about seven rebels attacked the car with machine-guns.
Fourth Division spokesman Lt. Paddy Ankunda said two soldiers sustained minor injuries.
He said he had not got the information that the injured soldiers died.
Paicho military sources said the yellow Ministry of Education pick-up truck UG 1062E was ambushed about 15 miles on the Gulu-Kitgum road.
Ocan-Ongom yesterday said the vehicle, attached to the Educational Assessment Resource Services department, was transporting PLE scripts to Gulu Police Station.
He said the situation was saved by UPDF escorts aboard another truck.
The rebels on November 13 grabbed question papers of UNEB Carpentry exam at Porogali, Pader, and abducted the supervisor, David Adupa.
The papers were never recovered.
The whereabouts of the teacher is also still unknown.
Rebels ambush truck carrying PLE scripts