By Steven Candia
UNKNOWN armed thugs on Thursday night attacked a bodyguard of army spokesperson Lt. Felix Kulayigye at his home, and made off with his firearm. Kulayigye was not at home during the incident.
Two thugs, armed with a firearm are said to have carried out the 9:00pm attack in Najjanankumbi, a city suburb. The incident has left both the Police and the army questioning the motive of the assailants.
â€œWe donâ€™t know what their motive was. Whether their target was the body guard and the firearm or something else,â€ Kulayigye said yesterday.
The matter, he added, was reported to the Police, drawing a swift response, resulting in the arrest of six suspects who by Friday morning were being held at Katwe Police Station.
Kampala South police chief Moses Kafeero confirmed the incident. â€œThe matter was reported to the Police, but I think it is proper for the army to comment on it,â€ he said.
Speaking about the incident, Kulayigye said the bodyguard, a private, was on guard outside the fence when he was ambushed by the thugs. â€œThe one who was not armed first passed and shortly after, the second appeared with a firearm and put him at gunpoint,â€ Kulayigye said.
The thugs then disarmed the soldier and fled with his AK 47 rifle with 30 bullets without firing a shot. He hailed the Police for the swift response that led to the arrest, but said no firearm had so far been recovered. The guard yesterday recorded a statement at Katwe Police Station to help with investigations.