Residents of Kanyale Cell in Mityana District and Kayabwe Ward A in Mpigi District are grappling with shock following the loss of four lives in a single night.
The gruesome murder at Kanyale Cell occurred on Monday at around 11 pm after unknown assailants, armed with machetes, pounced on two youths walking back home and stabbed them to death.
The victims, 30-year-old Gerald Kasule and 25-year-old Julius Luyimbazi were both residents of Kanyale Cell. The assailants then dumped the bodies in a nearby coffee plantation.
Siraj Gayira, the chairperson of Kanyale Cell, described the incident as shocking, suggesting a possible motive linked to the recent killing of a chicken thief by a mob in the area.
He expressed concern about the escalating crime rate, citing a previous incident where a dismembered body was discovered in the same village.
Both brutal acts occurred simultaneously, according to Cyril Baguma, the manager of Kindly Fuel Station. Notably, the assailants did not steal anything from the victims.
Police, utilizing two sniffer dogs, initiated a search for the killers, who remained at large at the time of reporting.
Karim Majid, the acting Katonga Regional police spokesperson, affirmed collaboration with other security agencies in the ongoing efforts to apprehend the culprits.
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