Police in Busia district is investigating circumstances under which unknown assailants attacked a police station, fighting with one of the police officers before his gun was taken.
According to the Bukedea region police spokesperson Sowali Kamulya, the incident happened at around 9pm on Sunday when assailants travelling on a Kenyan registered motorcycle attacked Sofia police station, Eastern division in Busia municipality before a fight ensued between the two attackers and one of the police officers.
“During the fight, constable Stafford Walusansa who was guarding the station was shot by the assailants before taking off with his riffle that had 30 rounds of ammunition,”Kamulya said.
During the scuffle, the police mouthpiece said the assailants dropped a star pistol which was later recovered by detectives but was not marked together with its magazine that had only four ammunitions.
The injured officer was rushed to a hospital on the Kenyan side for medical attention as investigations into the incident continue.
The attack comes barely a week after another incident in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb in which unknown assailants allegedly travelling on a motorcycle shot dead two police officers attacked to the Field Force Unit who were doing night patrols in the area.
The attackers would later take off with the officers’ guns.
The Inspector General of Police, Gen.Kale Kayihura recently warned police officers on laxity with guns saying that they are targeted by assailants in order to kills them and take off with their riffles.
“These guns stolen from our officers will be used against our people,”Kayihura said during a press conference at the Police headquarters in Naguru in December.
The number of attacks and robberies on members of the public using have also increased of recent in which many have been injured whereas others have lost lives.
Kayihura however insists that if the neighbourhood watch aspect of community policing is strengthened, these crimes can be reduced.
He cites the recent murders of women in Nansana and Entebbe areas of Wakiso district which he says were partly stopped due to community policing.