Wednesday August 27 2014

Bus passengers stripped naked, robbed

By Francis Mugerwa

Security agencies are tracking unidentified armed robbers who intercepted vehicles that were plying the Kampala-Gulu highway and robbed over Shs 15 million from passengers.
According to police, KK bus registration number UAM 892C that was moving from Koboko district to Kampala and an Isuzu truck registration number UAH 558B that was loaded with empty bottles of blue wave water were intercepted at about 1am on Wednesday morning.
Eyewitnesses said six robbers forced over 50 passengers and the two occupants of the truck into a bush.
The mid-western regional police spokesperson, Ms Lydia Tumushabe said the robbers were dressed in UPDF military attires and armed with two SMG riffles and a pistol.

“They intercepted the vehicles about a kilometre away from Kigumba town, diverted the vehicles about 400 metres inside a bush at gun point, stripped them naked and started beating up passengers,” Ms Tumushabe said.
Detectives investigating the matter said the passengers were also robbed of their cash and mobile phones after being stripped naked.
“The passengers were robbed of over Shs 15 million and several mobile phones. We were called after the robbery had occurred. By the time police reached the scene, the robbers had fled,” she said.
The operatives attached to the police flying squad had by press time reached the scene of the robbery and were tracking the suspects who reportedly fled towards Kampala.