LUWEERO- A group six youth suspected to be criminals, were Monday intercepted by police in Luweero District.
The group was travelling in a Kampala-bound commuter taxi.
Members of the group were found with knives and stones believed to have been used by the gang to terrorise Luweero Town Council residents in various night attacks.
The suspects who are in detention at Luweero Central Police Station, reportedly injured several people and robbed them of money and mobile phones in Kasoma, Kiyenjje and Mabaale zones in Luweero Town Council on Sunday night.
On Monday, police mounted roadblocks on several routes and searched public and private vehicles travelling to Kampala.
“Huge stones, knives, torches and Shs394, 000 were recovered from a commuter taxi in which the suspects were travelling. One of the suspects jumped through a window of the taxi and disappeared in the bush,” Ms Rebecca Ayeta, the Luweero District Police Commander told the Daily Monitor on Monday. “We plan to conduct a suspects identification parade to get more details since many of the residents claim to know some of the criminals. Victims named some of the attackers including one of the suspected ring leader, who is in custody.”
Mr Robert Okello, the Luweero West Zone Councillor who mobilised residents to join cops in the operation said the suspects could be part of a bigger criminal gang that has for the last three weeks terrorised residents in Luweero Town Council.
“The attackers took cell phones from the victims to block communication as they attacked residents and used knives to cut and inflict pain to victims who tried to make an alarm. One of the victims managed to call me. I quickly informed the police,” Mr Okello said.
Mr Ronald Ndaula, the Luweero District chairman said all possible means will be applied to weed criminality from the area.