By Chris Ocowun
TWO people were killed and another injured during a shoot-out between Local Defence Units (LDU) and Karimojong cattle rustlers in Kitgum district last week. â€œFour Karimojong warriors sneaked into Abilimino village in Orom sub-county.
This place separates Kaabong district and Kitgum. Being at the boundary, such incidents sometimes happen,â€ the UPDF 5th Division spokesperson, Capt. Deo Akiiki, said on Sunday.
He said the two people were killed during the pursuit of the cattle thieves. â€œThe armed Karimojong warriors wanted to steal the cattle which were grazing across.
â€œThe two LDU groups mistook each other to be the thieves. They exchanged friendly fire, which led to the death of their colleague, Patrick Anywar Rachele and injured Robert Opio,â€ Akiiki said.
He added that in another incident, a civilian, George Opio, was killed by a stray bullet. Akiiki said the cattle rustlers managed to escape, adding that the army had information that would lead to their arrest.
The LC3 chairperson of Orom sub-county, Santonino Oringa, said the cattle rustlers had stolen 15 herds of cattle from the community. â€œThe cattle were recovered during the pursuit,â€ he said.