Wednesday, 4 September 2013
The Uganda Peoples Defense forces (UPDF) have captured eleven Congolese soldiers suspected to have defected from the army and crossing into Uganda.
The UPDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda says that the UPDF also captured a Congolese colonel who was commanding the eleven-man force that had crossed to Kiraru parish in Kitholhu sub-county.
He identified the captured commander as Col. Eric Bisamazi.
Lt. Col. Ankunda says that the captured Congolese soldiers who have been disarmed are now detained at a UPDF unit in Kiraro as contacts with the Congolese counterparts as made to discuss their fate.
However, the Congolese combatants first resisted arrest by firing at the UPDF soldiers who eventually overpowered them. But there were no casualties in the Tuesday evening exchange.
The UPDF has recovered eight short machine guns, a pistol and two Rocket Propelled Grenades while disarming the Congolese combatants.
The gunfire that rocked the borderline on Tuesday evening caused anxiety in the area forcing hundreds of people from Kiraru parish to flee their homes.
They reportedly spent the night in the bush before camping at Kathembo Catholic church about 3kms from the border.
The Kasese district chairman Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo said he was working hand in hand with the UPDF to make sure the situation is calm.
Lt. Col. Mawa said that the people camped at Kathembo Catholic church were to be sent back home after the assessment of the situation at the border. END