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17-year-old student, 3 others beheaded in cold blood

Residents and police officers at the crime scene where Tumwehe’s body was found. (PHOTO/AINE)

RWAMPARA – Fear and tension have continued to loom in the villages of Mwizi Sub County in the new Rwampara district as unknown assailants murder four people in span of less than three months.

Mr Godfrey Sunday Mwizi the sub-county Chairman revealed that on the night of July 9, one Benard Tumwehe a 17-year-old was attacked at around 7:45 pm on his way from the nearby trading center in Kyatoko village, cut off his head before they dumped her beheaded body on the roadside.

Mr Mwizi revealed that Tumwehe (the deceased) is the fourth person to be killed in such a manner, the most recent one was a 70-year-old man from Ruhiira who was hit with a hammer on his head.

It has also been revealed that another victim was murdered in Kayonza village which borders Isingiro.

Then another occurred in Ryamiyonga village totalling to four people.

This has increased fear among the local residents who say that the assailants also siphon blood from their lifeless victims before they depart.

Residents say that on the fateful day when the late Tumwehe was killed, he was in the company of his colleague Geoffrey Nduhura who made an alarm after the fatal attack was made, but unfortunately, by the time the residents gathered the assailants had already taken off.

Benard Tumwehe who was murdered in cold blood

Mr Mwizi further noted that before they were attacked, the assailants first dropped anonymous letters warning residents how they (assailants) want three Jerry cans of blood from human beings and human heads; however other residents say the anonymous letters were talking of extorting 8 Jerrycans.

Parents have expressed their fear about their children who wake up early in the morning to attend various schools. They called upon the government to instruct schools in the area to allow their children not to report very early at schools since attackers can use the chance to hijack these pupils on their way to school.

Ms Caroline Akoth the Resident Police Commander for Rwizi Region whose unit responded at the crime scene has called upon residents to remain calm as police hunts for the unknown assailants who have been terrorising their villages.

She revealed that they have already launched joint operations with sister security organs like UPDF to beef up security and ensure that the attackers are brought to book.

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