11 hurt as soldiers beat civilians in Luweero

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Some of the affected residents display the wounds and bruises they sustained after an encounter with UPDF soldiers.

Eleven people are reported injured after UPDF soldiers beat up residents of Mabuye village in Luweero district.

The injured included nine civilians and two UPDF soldiers in clashes after a group residents mistook UPDF soldiers to be cattle thieves and attacked them with pangas.

The soldiers attached to Nakasongola Army Barracks were reportedly on military training in the village hills, reported Uganda Radio Network [URN].

The soldiers reportedly disarmed and undressed the residents before embarking on beating and torturing them.

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Among badly beaten residents are; Steven Kuteesa, the Mabuye Village Local Council  1 Chairperson, Allan Jjumba, Francois Makobero, Vincent Mukumbya, Steven Kiraga, Brian Ssemujju, Muhamadi Masolo, Ronald Kamoga and Steven Katuluba.

The two UPDF soldiers were admitted at Nakasongola Military Hospital.

Edward Ssenyonyi, the Kamira Sub-county chairman criticised the soldiers for conducting military training in the villages without notifying local leaders.

Maj Isaac Oware, the spokesperson of Nakasongola Army Barracks, told URN the soldiers acted in self-defence after being attacked by the residents.

He advised the injured civilians to seek private medical attention because the army cannot meet medical bills of people who provoked them.

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