Police are investigating Thursday's suspected tribal clashes in which some security personnel were injured and seven civilians killed in Hima town, Kasese district.

At a press briefing Saturday, Minister of Internal Affairs Rose Akol appealed to the people of Kasese in particular and the entire population to remain calm amid the investigations.

According to Akol, the clashes included an incident where a civilian gang armed with machetes, knives and other crude weapons attacked soldiers.

"We are aware that some of the attackers harbor sectarian tendencies and are thus a threat to the community. Some of the community members have already given very vital information to the police regarding this," she told journalists.

The minister said government had also received intelligence that some of the attackers are part of a bigger group that believe in selfish reason to break away and form the so called Yiira Republic.

On Friday evening, while trying to establish an operational base, Commissioner of Police Jacob Opolot (Commissioner of Field Force Police in the region) was also attacked and sustained a leg fracture.

Akol told the press that Opolot is steadily recovering but his bodyguard SPC Joel Mbusa who was stabbed in the head and chest still remains in critical condition. His gun that was previously stolen was also recovered