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Uganda:8 injured as assailants attack villages
Published on 24-08-2016 - at 02:12' by Daily Monitor

The thugs, who were reportedly armed with machetes, descended on the villages in the wee hours of the night and badly stabbed the victims on heads, legs and hands, while others were cut in the chest and back.

Bukomansimbi. Residents of Kanyika and Kayonja villages in Kitanda Sub-county in Bukomansimbi District are living in fear after unknown thugs attacked six families on Sunday night injuring eight people.
The thugs, who were reportedly armed with machetes, descended on the villages in the wee hours of the night and badly stabbed the victims on heads, legs and hands, while others were cut in the chest and back.

Police identified victims as Vincent Kayemba, 24, John Kangave, 38, Evelyn Nantumbwe, 32, Noel Namanda, 50, John Nteza 21, Robert Damulira, 56, Nasibu Ssemanda, 23, and a lady only identified as Maama Anasi.
All the victims were rushed to Kitanda Health Centre III, but were not attended to since the centre lacked equipment and they were later referred to Villa Maria Hospital in Masaka District.

However, Kayemba who was in a critical condition, was referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala.
The attackers whom residents at first thought were thieves, never took anything from the victims’ homes, leaving all residents under fear.
“If this was theft, they could have taken some property from their houses, but nothing was taken and this leaves a number of questions,” Mr Paul Kato, the Kitanda Sub-county chairperson said yesterday
He added that Kitanda Police Post is understaffed with only two officers who cannot protect the more than 40,000 residents.
Bukomansimbi District police commander, Mr Micheal Ongana, said his team has mounted a hunt for the suspects. “ We have started investigating the matter and any time, the invaders will be traced and arrested,” he said by telephone yesterday.
He also promised to increase police presence in the area to avert further attacks.

Background

Two weeks ago, a mob in the same sub-county killed a suspected thief and residents suspect the attackers could have come to avenge his death. Recently, a mob in the area also burnt two brothers suspected to have killed their mother.

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Ms Evelyn Nantumbwe (centre), one of the victims, recieves treatment at Villa Maria Hospital in Masaka District on Monday.

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