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Over 300 arrested in security raid on suspected criminal gangs

SECURITY | Security agencies on Monday raided what Police called “the most notorious criminal hideouts” and arrested 331 suspects as part of the Christmas criminal cleanup operations.

The exercise that involved joint security forces is part of the ‘Tokoora Operation’ sanctioned by the President Museveni.

“The operation that targeted areas of Kisenyi, Nakivubo, Makindye, Kawala, Kibuli, Kibuye, Salaama, Katwe and Kasubi seeks to address public concerns of criminal tendencies that involve mugging people, pick pocketing, thefts and drug abuse,” Kampala Metropolitan Police said.

These areas have often been identified as key black spots where wrong elements camp as they wait for the right hours to terrorise the city, it added.

Police said that security agencies recovered several items that include breaking implements, and large quantities of drugs during the search-and-seizure operations.

The suspects were subjected to screening before responsible citizens, elders and local area leaders.
The suspects are currently detained at different police stations around Kampala Metropolitan Area like Central Police Station Kampala, Jinja Road Police Station, Natete Police Station, Katwe Police Station, Wandegeya Police Station and Kabalagala Police Station pending court.

Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Moses Kafeero said the operations will continue, citing the need to curtail any criminal activities on a daily basis.

He called upon the general public to take their personal security more serious as Christmas Season clocks in.

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