Barely a fortnight after the shooting of a medical doctor in Napak district, the assailants have again resurfaced in yet another action as they stormed Napak police station on Thursday night and enaged officers in a heavy gunfire.
Emerging reports indicate that attache officers of Napak police spent the great deal of Thursday night battling armed local warriors who attempted to storm the rifle store section of the police station.
Locals say they heard a heavy gunfire that lasted for about thirty minutes. Police says no fatalities were registered in the crossfire though one of the assailants limped off with an injured leg.
The Napak DPC, Michael Ongica says they have not yet established the motive of the attackers but preliminary evidence shows they could be traditional warriors striving to revive the old days of insurgency. “They came and started firing at the police check point gate, we have not established their numbers but they shot up to four bullets towards police, when we responded, they engaged us for about 30 minutes and they took off,” Ongica told the media. “We have since intensified our hunt for the injured culprit and as I speak, we’ve notified all health centres in Karamoja region to report any patient with a bullet wound,” he added.
The Karamoja region has since time memorial been marred with a spate of gun attacks and crossfire between local traditional cattle rustlers and government forces. The colonial government, Idi Amin and Obote regimes had all failed to disarm the rustlers till Museveni launched a decades long campaign manned by deserter Gen. David Tinyenfuza. The Napak territory has also been on a border conflict with the neighbouring Katakwi which sparked in 2017.