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Police say man died during security crackdown on suspected ‘terrorists’

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SECURITY | One person sustained serious injuries during security operation against criminal elements and bled to death, Police have said.

In a statement, released Saturday, Police said Abdul Katerega was pronounced dead on arrival at Mulago Hospital due to bleeding.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima said Katerega sustained the injuries during a scuffle with security operatives that were effecting his arrest.

At least nine people were arrested in the joint security operation carried out in the areas of Namungona, Lubaga Divison, Kampala District targeting a terrorist cell in the area.

“In the course of arresting the nine suspects, Kateregga was injured and while he was being taken to hospital for medical attention, he bled due to injuries sustained and was pronounced dead on arrival at Mulago National Referral Hospital,” Kayima said.

The deceased’s body has been taken to the City Mortuary.

The operation follows a wave of security threats around Kampala Metropolitan policing area involving burglaries, armed robberies and murders.

“The suspect are currently being screened to establish their true identities and to have their statements recorded. They are currently held in various police stations in Kampala Metropolitan Area,” Kayima added.

The success of the operation was partly made possible by the public that gave vital information to security agencies, and Kayima lauded the effort, saying it is the result of vigilance and alertness that borne of community policing programme.

“We wish to reassure the country that operations to crack down on crime will continue unabated to ensure security and safety for all,” he said.

“We therefore appeal to members of the public to continue to be vigilant and alert all the time. It is important that suspicious characters are quickly reported to the nearest police station for quick and appropriate action.”

The security operation come barely 24 hours after Police warned of plans by criminal elements to attack and bump off high profile personalities in the public sector and security personnel around Independence Day.

Uganda marks its 56th Independence Anniversary on October 9 and Police say intelligence reports suggest there could be attacks during the period.

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