Police in Kampala are holding three suspected robbers after they allegedly beat a security guard to death.
According to police, the guard only identified as Benson Ochan, attached to Aim Security Services, a private security firm was attacked at Excel Super Market in Bwebajje, along Entebbe Road where he had been deployed and beaten to death by the suspects in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
According to the deputy Police Spokesperson, Ms Poly Namaye, the deceased was caught unaware and attacked by the suspects at around 3:00am as he dozed off.
“However, the suspects were intercepted before they could break into the Supermarket. They are now in police custody. We also recovered the deceased’s rifle which had been taken from him by the three suspects,” Ms Namaye said on Thursday in an interview with Daily Monitor.
According to Namaye, the suspects will be arraigned in court and charged with murder. The deceased’s body was taken to Mulago Hospital for a postmortem as investigations into the case continue.
The incident comes barely a month after another private security guard identified as Joseph Habyarimana was strangled to death and his gun taken by unknown assailants in Kasanga, a Kampala suburb.
Police are investigating circumstances under which a private security guard was murdered by assailants on Saturday morning before taking off with his gun.
Habyarimana was reportedly from his way home after work when unknown men attacked him. The now increasing murders have raised fresh concerns of insecurity in the city.
Such killings were common early this year, with assailants robbing guns from policemen and private security guards.
Security sources have previously linked such murders to rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) agents operating in Buganda region.