KAMPALA. — A Uganda soldier shot 10 people dead, including five soldiers and left 25 others injured in a shooting spree following a bar brawl over a woman in Ntoroko District on Friday night.
The killer soldier, Private Chris Amanyire, attached to Rhino Battalion at Kanyansi Barracks, also shot himself dead.
The District Police Commander, Mr Bosco Bakashaba, said the soldier went on a shooting spree after fighting with boda-boda riders over a woman at a drinking joint in Karugutu Town Council in Ntoroko.
Eyewitnesses said the tragedy began when Private Amanyire and boda-boda riders developed a quarrel over a woman in the bar.
The boda-boda riders attacked Private Amanyire and grabbed his mobile phone and smashed it. A fight broke out between the soldier and the cyclists.
The witnesses say the soldier, who sustained bruises in the fight, retreated to the barracks and returned with a gun and dressed in a pair of jeans and an army jacket. Upon reaching the pub, Amanyire started shooting randomly at the revellers who were drinking inside, killing eight on the spot.
The UPDF 2nd Division spokesman, Major Ronald Kakurungu, said the army was investigating the matter to establish the main cause of the tragedy. – Sunday Monitor.