Heavy security deployment in Lira town


Residents claim two Indians allegedly strangled an 11 year-old boy

RIOT-Police and the army have heavily deployed in Lira town to investigate the wave of crime where thugs raided and looted several shops.

The Minister of State for Defence Hon. Rtd. Col. Charles Okello Engola, visited the town (Lira) and called for calm.

Engola, told New Vision website, that peace had been restored and shops re-opened.


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During the violent protest on Saturday, shops were looted and goods stolen from dealers’ trucks, as teargas and live bullets were fired by both the Police and the military to contain rioters who stormed streets in Lira town.

Five civilians are among several who were injured during the fracas.

On Sunday, the injured were airlifted aboard a military helicopter to Kampala for better healthcare.


  ive civilians are among several who were injured during the fracasredit udson punyoFive civilians are among several who were injured during the fracas.(Credit: Hudson Apunyo)


Residents claim two Indians operating businesses in the area (Lira) allegedly strangled 11 year-old boy (Dickens Okello) to death and Police covered-up the murder, sparking the riots.

At least 30 people including two Indians (names withheld) linked to Okello’s death, have been arrested in an operation commanded by Regional Police commander, Peter Nkulega.




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