Gunmen rob trader of Shs100 million in bus raid

Gunmen on Thursday ambushed a bus in Bibia, Atiak Sub-county, Amuru District, robbing a passenger of more than Shs100m.

The bus belonging to Zawadi Company was ambushed two kilometres to Bibia Police Post near Elegu Border Market along the Gulu-Juba highway.

The driver, Mr Godfrey Kirabira, was shot in the leg, before the armed men robbed a businessman, Mr Charles Waya, of Shs100m.

Mr Kirabira was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital Lacor but no other injuries were reported. The bus was heading to Juba, South Sudan from Kampala.

Passengers told Sunday Monitor two armed men riding on a motorcycle opened fire at the speeding bus at Willi-Willi in Bibia Parish at about 5:30 pm.

The chairperson Atiak Sub-county, Mr John Bosco Ocan, who visited the scene, said the thieves could have been trailing the businessman who had been sent from Juba to exchange the dollars in Kampala.

“From the way these thugs executed their mission, it clearly points to a fact that they knew their prey. He was the one targeted and robbed of the cash he had while other passengers were left untouched,” he said.

“We are working with security personnel in the area to follow up the suspects who are believed to have fled towards Gulu District,” he added.
But blamed district authorities for the laxity in the security, most especially along the Gulu- Juba road.

Previous robbery. Similarly on November 25, twelve vehicles including passenger buses were robbed in the night at Karuma.

Police speaks
The Aswa regional police spokesperson, Mr Jimmy Patrick Okema, confirmed the incident, saying they had recovered the motorcycle on which the suspects were riding. “From our preliminary investigations and findings, we believe this was a well-coordinated attack targeting a single person in the bus. We know they used guns for shooting the bus and the driver,” he said. However, Mr Okema said they had beefed up security in the area as police continues to hunt suspects.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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