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Police arrest two suspected street robbers in Kampala

Kampala police have arrested two men suspected of being part of a notorious gang responsible for a series of street attacks and robberies against people carrying bags, phones and other personal items.

The arrests were made following a review of CCTV footage that captured an incident on May 22, 2024, around 8:00 p.m. The footage, which police called “disturbing,” shows a man walking down the street Ben Kiwanuka being violently attacked.

A man kicked the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. The aggressor, accompanied by two accomplices, proceeded to rob the unconscious man of his bag and his belongings while bystanders watched without intervening.

The victim has been identified as Tomson Mugisha, 40, a resident of Kyebando, a suburb of Kampala. Mugisha was left unconscious after the brutal attack, which occurred in a busy area where, disturbingly, no one came to his aid.

In a statement issued today, Thursday, Luke Owoyesigyire, Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson, confirmed the arrests and provided details about the incident.

“We have since established that during the incident, the victim was robbed of Sh450,000, a bag containing important documents, keys and a container,” Owoyosigyire said.

He explained that the Kampala Central Police Station quickly opened an investigation into this attack, adding that so far two suspects have been identified and arrested and are assisting the police with ongoing investigations.

“We are actively working to track down and arrest all those involved and ensure that they are brought to justice,” he explained, urging the public to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

He called on the population to be alert and raise the alarm if they witness any suspicious activity.

“Please do not hesitate to sound the alarm or notify the police immediately; public cooperation is essential to prevent these types of incidents and ensure the safety of the community,” he said.

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