Ugandan Soldier Kills Two Colleagues at Barracks, Observer Says

A Ugandan soldier shot dead two colleagues at barracks in the nation’s south, the latest in a series of shootouts at military installations this year, the Observer newspaper reported.

The shooter fled the scene in Masaka, west of Lake Victoria, and a search for him is underway, the Kampala-based newspaper cited Benon Mutatina, an acting spokesman for the town’s armored brigade, as saying. He blamed the early Thursday violence on indiscipline, without giving further details.

It was the sixth such incident this year and came a week after a soldier in the eastern town of Jinja shot and injured four people and then committed suicide, the Observer reported. In mid-June, a soldier killed seven people in the capital, Kampala, before dying in a shootout.

Uganda’s shadow minister for internal affairs, Muhammad Muwanga-Kivumbi, has accused the government of failing to properly investigate the shootings, the newspaper said.

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