Mbale – Mbale city security authorities have seized a panga-wielding suspect after he attempted to cut off an officer’s head at a checkpoint on Tuesday.
The incident happened on the Mbale-Tirinyi highway last evening at around 5:00 pm.
Mr Denis Pahani, the DPC Industrial City Division said the two colleagues of Sgt Grace Ilumu, the in-charge Industrial City Division Central Police Station jumped to her rescue. The two rescuers reportedly sustained minor injuries but the certainty to these claims has not been guaranteed yet.
The suspects whom Police interviewed gave confirmation of the attack on police officers at Sino Uganda Mbale industrial Park police Checkpoint in Doko Ward.
Apparently, two assailants on a motorcycle approached the police officers. One jumped off taking a swing of his panga towards one of the officers.
As for the second assailant, he rode off speedily towards Mbale City. The suspect is currently at Mbale Industrial City Division Central Police Station as investigations continue. Police say the motive of the suspect remains unknown. They also thanked the residents for helping in the capture of the suspect.
This attack comes just a day after machete wielders attacked and killed a police officer and injured another in Luweero district.
The suspects are still at large even as a joint security forces comb neighbourhoods in and outside Luweero Town.
The Luweero District Police Commander, Mr Living Twezagye, told the media that they still treat the checkpoint as a crime scene. However, though, there were no visible security deployments seen at the alleged crime scene.