Flying Squad Deployed to Quell Murders in Rwizi Region

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The Deployment comes at the peak of murders and robberies that have hit the area claiming over 20 lives in a space of two months in the region which consists of the districts of Ibanda, Kiruhura, Ntungamo, Isingiro and Mbarara.

The inspector general of police Kale Kayihura has deployed a flying squad to Rwizi region to deal with the recent wave of murders reported in the area. 

The Squad is one of the units within the Uganda police force tasked to fight violent crime with instructions to shoot-to-kill robbers.

Kayihura’s intervention comes at the peak of murders and robberies that have hit the area claiming over 20 lives in a space of two months in the region which consists of the districts of Ibanda, Kiruhura, Ntungamo, Isingiro and Mbarara.

Poly Namaye, the Rwizi region police spokesperson says the flying squad is being headed by commissioner of police Charles Kataratambi. Namaye is optimistic that the deployment of the Special Force will stifle criminal gangs are in possession of guns.

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Namaye says the flying squad has already made arrests in the outskirts of Mbarara town.  They have succeeded in arresting 8 most wanted men believed to be behind the recent killings of innocent people and loss of their properties.

Two of the hard core murderers were shot and injured in the legs during the operation that took place in Andrews’s cell of Mbarara municipality last night. They are currently being treated at Mbarara regional referral Hospital under tight security.

Several stolen household properties have also been recovered from these hardcore criminals.

Charles Kataratambi told URN this morning that the arrested hard core criminals were found hiding in Mwizi lodges situated in Mbarara town that later assisted in the arrest of others from Kabale district.

Without revealing their identities, Kataratambi said several other people have been rounded up in Ibanda town and are currently detained at Ibanda central police station awaiting screening.