Police’s Flying Squad Unit, Saturday evening shot at suspected armed robbers at Total petrol station in Nsambya in Kampala, killing one instantly, Police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga says.
He says the armed robbers, approached the petrol station, from the side of Nsambya hospital, disguised as customers at the petrol pump before being intercepted by Police when one of them was heading to the supermarket.
“The detectives opened fire against them, after they evaded arrest and attempted to flee the scene. An SAR Rifle and a Toyota Premio, Silver in colour, were recovered,” Enanga said in a statement.
In the operation, he says, a suspect only identified as Hamza was shot dead on spot and his body has since been taken to city mortuary at Mulago hospital for postmortem analysis.
Another one identified as Rubanga Baruli was injured and rushed to Mulago hospital, for further treatment while the third suspect Okello David was arrested and is currently detained at Kabalagala Police Station.
Justifying the use of fire in the operation, Enanga said, “the operation was highly risky and required quick action due to the potential of severe injuries and collateral damage it could have caused.”
He say an investigative task team from the Regional Kampala Metropolitan South, headquarters, is thoroughly reviewing and documenting the crime scene. They will make inquiries to establish the motive of the suspects.
The petrol station is said to be owned by opposition politician and four time Presidential contestant, Dr Kizza Besigye.
The country has witnessed a couple of deadly robberies done on supermarket and shops in the recent weeks.
At the end of last month, armed men riding on three motorcycles attacked Cheap General Hardware Shop in Nansana town, Wakiso district and shot two attendants dead, before walking away with Shs 380m.
Another incident was in April, when three armed men got past Kanyanya Police station and shot the guard of Kanyanya New supermarket before walking away with huge amounts of money.
The gunmen who went on rampage stormed the supermarket shooting indiscriminately and stealing cash. A guard took two bullets in the chest during the attack while several other shoppers were injured.
The Police spokesperson says owners of all businesses should continue being extra vigilant and always report all forms of threats facing them to the police and sister security agencies to help counter them.