In Uganda, tensions continue to simmer, four months after the country’s disputed presidential poll. A wave of arrests, including those of current and former military officers, followed by an armed attack on a police station in the north, have sparked concern this week as the runner-up in the vote goes on trial for treason.
Ugandan police have sought to downplay the attack late Sunday on the police station in the northern town of Gulu.
According to official reports, 10 to 12 suspects opened fire, attempting to rescue Dan Oola Odia, an official of the Uganda People's Congress, an opposition party.
Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura told the media not to sensationalize the incident.
"We wish to assure the country that Uganda is peaceful and stable and condemn those who quickly rush to post messages on social media after the attack exaggerating the situation, the magnitude of the incident and even giving their own version," Kayihura said.
Police say the attackers in Gulu used guns stolen from a local defense unit last month. The firefight, which left one soldier dead, lasted 30 minutes. The suspects escaped, but police have since reported several arrests.
A new group calling themselves the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) took responsibility for the attack on social media. Little is known about them.
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