Tourists Attacked By Gunmen In Kabale

Two Foreign tourists were yesterday injured and robbed during an attack by gunmen at Kiyoora along the Kabale-Bunyonyi road. They lost personal belongings and money.

The thugs are said to have erected an illegal roadblock and later on opened fire when the driver identified as Samuel Wanyaga (44), a Kenyan National stepped out of the car to clear the logs that had obstructed the path.  His counterpart is a Swedish national is identified as Daniel Lanti.

The two sustained injuries and are now undergoing treatment at Kabale regional referral hospital. However by press time, sources indicated that the two were being airlifted to Kampala or Nairobi, Kenya for better management.

The robbery happens barely days after suspected gunmen attacked Kabale Little Ritz Hotel shooting dead a receptionist identified as Lawrence Twinomuhangi.

Unofficial reports then indicate that the group intended to rob tourists who had booked in the hotel but had been blocked by the receptionist.

Police Deputy Spokesperson Polly Namaye says that the Police have initiated investigations into the matter and that the culprits will be arrested. Namaye however does not disclose the details surrounding the attack.

The attack took place despite heavy police and Military deployment in Kabale town which had just hosted celebrations to mark the African Day of Decentralization at Kabale Golf Course.

This however raises concern on the safety of tourist visiting the forest; one of the richest ecosystems in Africa.

In 1999, a total of 8 tourists were killed at Bwindi impenetrable National forest by a band of rebels armed with automatic rifles, machetes and spears.

The Gunmen were said to be remnants of ethnic Hutu militias that carried out mass killings in Rwanda in 1994. Four Ugandan park employees were also slain in the campsites.

The Victims included four Britons and two New Zealanders as well as the Americans, who were executives for the Intel Corporation, the computer chip manufacturer based in Oregon.

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