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Suspected South Sudan Rustlers Raid Amuru

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At least 10 cattle were last night stolen from Bibia parish in Atiak Sub County, Amuru district by suspected cattle thieves from South Sudan.

The cattle were raided at around 10pm from a communal kraal at the home of Edema Jimmy Peter.

However, the community mobilized themselves and managed to recover eight of the stolen cattle from the thieves before they could cross back into South Sudan.

This comes less than a week after a bull was also stolen from the same village on April 9 April 2020 by suspected cattle thieves from South Sudan.

Meanwhile, a livestock farmer is nursing severe injuries at Agoro Health Centre III in Lamwo district after being attacked by suspected armed cattle rustlers.

Willy Oyet, a resident of Pakinyi village in Rudii parish was attacked and severely beaten by the rustlers in the wilderness between Rudii Hills and Potika.

The incident follows a weekend incursion of suspected cattle thieves who stole 12 herds of cattle from Obolo village. The cattle were later recovered.

In a related development, suspected Local Defence Unit (LDU) deserters in Karamoja have been accused of alleged armed cattle thefts in Kitgum district.

The Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech says the armed cattle thieves could be renegade LDU personnel because they are wearing new military uniforms and armed with new AK-47 guns.

The 3rd Division UPDF spokesperson Maj Telesphor Turyamumanya says they would investigate the accusations against the LDUs.

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