There was a gun shootout inside the Makindye Military Barracks days after the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) repulsed an onslaught on their headquarters at Mbuya.

By press time, details about casualties were still scanty but eight people reported dead by Col. Paddy Ankunda, the army spokesman.

According to unconfirmed reports, the assailant Sgt Obua Isaac of military police Makindye was said to be resisting arrest in connection to recent arrests of UPDF soldiers being linked to a new unnamed rebel group that wants to topple President Museveni’s recently  inaugurated government.

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A rescue futile mission was carried  out on Sunday night  by unknown gunmen wielding AK47 assault rifles and light machine guns attacked Gulu Central Police Station and killed two officers.

The attackers were repulsed by the police and army who responded with heavy gunfire that rocked Gulu town for nearly an hour.

Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, on Monday said the primary motive of the Sunday attackers was to rescue Mr Dan Oola Odiya, a Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) mobiliser suspected to have masterminded the May attack.

Since last week, security operatives launched a hunt on people suspected to be linked to rebel groups. This has left several people including Col Dan Opito attached to Air Force, Capt Andrew Oja attached to Bombo Military Barracks incarcerated and Nakawa MP Michael Kabazuguruka incarcerated.

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