The commander of the Lands Forces UPDF Lt.General Muhoozi

Uganda’s army on Wednesday signalled an end to diplomatic means in halting resurgent deadly attacks blamed on armed cattle rustlers in the troubled Karamoja Sub-region.

“You have refused all our appeals! Well, now we are coming and hell is coming with us!” the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) land forces commander Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba warned.

On Tuesday, security forces in a joint search operation ambushed and killed by suspected armed cattle rustlers in Moroto District.

This was after the Security officials recovered five bodies where three belonged to the killed geologists and two to the UPDF soldiers.

UPDF has long struggled to encourage armed cattle rustlers to abandon their activities but conservative estimates show the criminals have through persistent raids claimed almost 50 civilian lives and close to ten security officers in the last three months.

“My Karimojong brothers! We have begged you to stop the life of robbery and violence. We have begged you to stop attacking your neighbours but to no avail!” Lt Gen Muhoozi echoed concern on Twitter.

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