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Six people have been arrested for travelling with pangas at night as part of a crackdown on gangs responsible for threatening leaflets.

“Police were informed by the community, and the six were apprehended and are currently being held at Mukono Central Police Station. The accused are from Kalagi in the Nakifuma town council, according to Owoyesigyire.

Six people were apprehended in Mukono with pangas, axes, and spears while riding in a truck late at night to an unknown destination.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire, a Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, the incident occurred at around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning when an unidentified number of people armed with pangas, axes, and spears were seen traveling on a forward truck with the registration number UAX 664R and are suspected of targeting Namawojjolo East village, Namawojjolo parish, Nama sub-county in Mukono diaries

“Police were informed by the community, and the six were apprehended and are currently being held at Mukono Central Police Station. The accused are from Kalagi in the Nakifuma town council, according to Owoyesigyire.

He went on to say that no one in the neighborhood was attacked or hurt as a result of the rapid police response.

Operational security

The news comes as security forces ramp up operations in several sections of the country to seek groups behind anonymous threatening fliers.

Two people were arrested in Gomba district on Monday for distributing pamphlets threatening to harm villagers.

According to the cops Residents of Nakaseta LC1, Kyayi parish in Gomba district, Kosia Rwitare, 18, and Fred Mbaddina Mutabazi, both 18, were detained for reportedly sending threatening texts to residents and demanding Shs100,000 from locals.

They threatened to hurt villagers if they didn’t send shs100,000 to a phone number mentioned in the texts.

They were also discovered with machetes, apparently with the intention of attacking villages.

While investigations continue, the suspects are being held at the Gomba district police station.

Last week, police issued a warning that some people are using threatening pamphlets to further their issues.

“Many of them are dropped by persons who want to settle their scores over land wrangles, village disagreements, and other personal grudges in order to generate fear and panic among the public,” Fred Enanga, a police spokesperson, said on Saturday.

Leaflets were dropped in Masindi town, Seeta in Mukono, Mitooma, Kamuli, and Bushenyi, according to the police spokesperson, threatening to kill a number of people, however this never happened.

Ugandans should not be concerned about some of the pamphlets, according to Police, because they are bogus.

“There is no evidence to support the authenticity of these letters or that the threats would be carried out. Our joint security investigations are attempting to determine whether the leaflets are part of a well-coordinated effort, a political campaign, or some individuals seeking to instill fear and panic over personal grievances. Ugandans should go about their business as usual, but remain unified and report to security if leaflets are dropped,” he stated.

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