65 passengers travelling on a Link Bus were reportedly held at gunpoint and robbed along Mityana road on Friday morning.
The passengers, who were travelling on a Link Bus, were reportedly held at gunpoint and robbed at gunpoint, just off Mityana Road, on Friday morning.
According to Racheal Kawala the Wamala Region Police Spokesperson, the attack happened at 2am at Bamujugu swamp at the border of Mityana and Kassanda Districts.
“The territorial police in Mityana is investigating an incident of aggravated robbery by unknown gunmen which occurred at about 200am in the wee hours of Friday 20/05/2022.”
“The incident happened at Bamujugu swamp a border between Mityana and Kassanda districts,” Kawala said.
Kawala said police preliminary findings indicate that the bus registration number UBG 423G with 65 passengers on board, left Bundibugyo last evening at 7pm and headed to Kampala.
Upon reaching Bamujugu swamp however, they met an illegal roadblock of about ten people armed with two guns, sticks and hammers who intercepted them and ordered everyone to move out of the bus and lie down on the tarmac.
“However, upon reaching Bamujugu swamp, they met an illegal roadblock of about ten people armed with two guns, sticks and hammers who intercepted them and ordered the passengers to move out of the bus and lie down on the road along Mityana_ Kampala highway.”
Kawala added that the passengers were robbed of unspecified amounts of money, and phones and many other belongings. She said a number of them who put up resistance towards the orders were beaten.
In addition, Kawala said they (robbers) then ordered the passengers to board back the bus to where they were coming from. She however, said the area police was alerted of the incident but upon reaching the scene, the robbers had already taken off.
“The robbers then ordered the passengers to board back the bus. We were informed and rushed to the scene of the crime. However, the suspects had fled the scene. Efforts are underway to have guns recovered and the suspects arrested and brought to book.”
“We remain committed to protecting all Ugandans and ensuring their safety. Anyone with information that can lead us to the arrest of the suspects may contact us on 0714667834 or report to any nearby police,” Kawala added.