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Two South Sudanese Arrested in Elegu for Attacking UPDF Soldiers

Soldiers of South Sudan People's Defense Forces

A South Sudanese soldier and civilian have been arrested in Elegu Town Council in Amuru District following an attack on UPDF soldiers patrolling the porous border entry points.

The suspects are Karibinu Dhel, 28, a soldier with South Sudan People Defense Forces (SSPDF) attached to the Republican Guard in Nimule and Martin Okot 24, a South Sudanese broker in Nimule.

The duo was part of seven armed South Sudanese who had forced their way into Uganda through Unyama River, a porous border point.

Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Deputy Resident District Commissioner also Chairperson of the District Security Committee, says the South Sudanese  forced their way into the country to facilitate transportation of illegal drugs.

Maj. Caesar Olweny, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson, says during the scuffle, the attackers disarmed and shot a UPDF soldier identified as Ashiraf Ocaya who is attached to Elegu military detach. Ocaya is admitted at the UPDF 4th Division Military Hospital in Gulu for treatment.

Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Patrick Jimmy Okema divulged that the case was recorded at Elegu Police Station the suspects were charged for attempted murder under case file CRB 108/2020.

Okema explained UPDF recovered a firearm registration number 56- 5621820 that was being used by the suspect and handed over to Elegu Police.

Last month, four SSPDF soldiers were shot dead by UPDF soldiers in a gun fire exchange in Yumbe District.

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