Police in Malaba and Busia border towns have arrested two sheikhs on suspicion of coordinating a spate of robberies.
Bukedi Region police spokesperson Sowali Kamulya confirmed the arrests, which he said were carried out by the police’s Flying Squad.
He said the suspects were arrested on Sunday during the ongoing crackdown on armed robbers in the two border towns.
Kamulya said the two sheikhs were arrested following intelligence information that they were playing a leading role in the series of robberies that have hit Busia and Malaba border towns recently.
He said the intelligence information showed that the two sheikhs also had counterparts, with whom they are dealing with, across the border in Kenya.
Two bullets were reportedly recovered during the arrest of one of the sheikhs.
Kamulya said the Flying Squad operation followed increasing incidences of related crimes since last year. Police in the two districts of Tororo and Busia have registered 82 robbery cases and the majority were committed in the two border towns.
“The arrest of the suspects will lead us to trace the rest of the gang who are still at large. However, we suspect that the number is big and well coordinated’’ Mr Kamulya said.
He said most of the robberies involved theft of motorcycles, motor-vehicles and cash. Many of the victims were killed during the robberies as they attempted to protect their property.
He said between January last year to February this year, Tororo District recorded 72 theft cases while Busia District recorded 54.