A Uganda People Defense Force-UPDF soldier shot dead nine people in Ntoroko district and committed suicide.
The suspect is Private Chris Amanyire, who was attached to Rhino battalion in Karugutu Sub County. The incident occurred on Friday night at a local pub in Karugutu Sub County.
Bosco Bakashaba,the Ntoroko district police commander says Amanyire picked a quarrel with boda boda cyclists over unidentified woman on Friday morning.
Bakashaba says it all started when the cyclists found Amanyire speaking with the woman in Karugutu trading center.
He says that the cyclists attacked Amanyire, took away his mobile phone and warned him never to talk to the woman again. Bakashaba says according to eye witness accounts Amanyire warned the cyclists that he would revenge.
It’s alleged that at 9:00pm, Amanyire entered a local bar in Karugutu trading centre and found some of the cyclists who took away his phone.
A scuffle ensued between Amanyire and the cyclists, who pushed him out of the bar. Angered by the humiliation, Amanyire walked out of the bar and went to the barracks, which is 400 kilometers away, picked his gun and returned.
He opened fire killing 9 people on spot and injuring 25 others.
He turned the gun on himself at the exit of the pub. Among the dead were four UPDF soldiers, three women and two men. The injured are currently admitted at Karugutu Health Centre IV and Fort Portal Referral Hospital.
Last year, UPDF private Patrick Okot Odoch killed ten people and wounded at least two others in a pub in Bombo before fleeing.
He was arrested in Oyam district ten days later and charged with murder and attempted murder. The court martial later found him guilty of murder and sentenced him to 90 years in prison.