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Four UPDF soldiers arrested in foiled city hotel robbery

Fang Fang restaurant

Fang Fang restaurant

Fours Uganda People's Defence Forces  (UPDF) soldiers have been arrested in a foiled hotel robbery in Kampala.

The four were arrested by the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) in collaboration with the elite Special Forces Command (SFC) that guard the first family and VIPs. Without divulging details, UPDF spokesman, Brig Richard Karemire, confirmed that the soldiers had been arrested.

"We have arrested the would-be robbers. Investigations have commenced," Brig Karemire said in a short text to URN. 

Nevertheless URN has since established that the arrested soldiers who had raided Fang Fang restaurant in the Central Business District of Kampala, include Corporal Majid Abbas, Lance Coporal Ivan Asiimwe, Private Joshua Chandini and army driver Ivan Opio.

Sources privy to the foiled robbery said ISO learnt about the robbery through the hotel staff member who secretly called for rescue as the quartet put everyone at gunpoint with two Sub Machine Guns (SMGs) loaded with over 300 bullets. 

ISO sought help from SFC upon learning that the suspected robbers were armed. SFC, ISO and Police 999 patrol vehicle surrounded Fang Fang restaurant around at 1am and ordered the soldiers that had raided the hotel to surrender. Last week, three people were shot dead in a daylight armed robbery Cheap General Hardware shop in Nansana.

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