Suspected terrorist shoots officer at show
Posted Saturday, November 2 2013 at 02:00
Busia- A suspected terrorist shot a police officer in a fire exchange after security blocked him from entering a music show in the border town of Busia.
The wounded police officer, Mr Samuel Agaba, attached to the Field Forces Unit, was admitted to Nabulola Health Centre with multiple bullet wounds.
Malaba Regional Police commander Peter Kakonge said the gunman, who was wearing a long jacket, tried to force his way into the music show grounds at 1 am on Tuesday. There were about 2,000 revellers at the show at Frontier Primary School playground in Busia, the town located at the Uganda-Kenya border.
When the police manning the entrance stopped him, the armed intruder retreated to a dark spot.
Mr Kakonge said the officer followed him to find out what he was up to.
The gunman opened fire at the approaching police officer who also returned fire.
Mr Kakonge told Saturday Monitor by telephone that in the ensuing shootout, the police officer was wounded in the stomach, right leg and hand.
However, he was reinforced by his colleagues and the gunman escaped.
“We didn’t know the motive of the gunman had he accessed the show. You never know what he might have done. The wounded officer was brave,” Mr Kakonge said.
Mr Agaba was part of the police team deployed to take control of the security at the music show organised by the Eagles Production.
“We were busy drinking and dancing. If that gunman had entered the show, we would all be dead,” said a boda-boda man, who was at the show.
Hundreds of revellers at the show declared Mr Agaba a hero and saviour, who rescued them from a dangerous intruder.
The shooting comes following reports of plans by suspected al-Shabaab terrorists to carry out terror attacks in the country.
Security forces have since stepped up vigilance at various public places and police have issued several terror alerts across the country.
Observers have ruled out a possibility of attempted robbery.