Security services have commenced investigations into circumstances under which unknown gunmen attacked the heavily fortified Junior Command and Staff College Gaddafi Barracks in Jinja.
Uganda Police said in a brief note to the media that a UPDF officer was killed at the entrance of the barracks before the assailants fled with guns.
“The alleged attack was against a UPDF officer manning the entry checkpoint at Gaddafi barracks, who was killed and two guns robbed,” said police at 12:19am on Friday.
“The cowardly attack is being investigated.”
The Gaddafi barracks was established as the premier intermediate level training institution for all Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
It was set up to educate officers in the art of leadership, tactics and integrated all arms operations at battlegroup level.
The development comes high on the heels of increased attacks on police stations where guns are robbed by unknown assailants.
This past Sunday, armed men attacked the Kensington Police post in Kyanja but did not steal guns.
The perpetrators of the attacks appear to be well-trained and focused on raising a huge cache of arms.
On July 26, assailants attacked a police checkpoint erected at Kiwumpa village, five kilometers to Luwero Town Council, along the Kampala-Gulu highway.
The assailants killed two police officers and also torched the pickup truck which had been parked near the checkpoint before fleeing the scene with two guns.
In November, Deputy Inspector of Police, Alex Wagaluka, the in-charge CID and Police Constable Moses Ongol, were killed by a group of seven gunmen on duty at Busiika Police station in Luwero District.
The killers fled with guns.
The deadly gunmen, who appeared to have specialised training in use of small arms, also burnt several case files and attempted to burn the station.
The nature of these attacks has raised fears of the presence of a rebel movement operating in the country.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga recently said, although the motive of the assailants is not yet determined, the fact that they kill, injure and rob guns, clearly shows they are interested in arms.
Security recently arrested Frank Ssemwogerere David aka Ndugwa aka Colonel , the alleged overall commander of the Uganda Coalition Front for Change, saying he led attacks on security personnel in Wakiso, Mityana, Kiboga and Kassanda districts targeting guns.
Former army commander Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu said in a tweet that, “Paulo Muwanga referred to what seems to be happening in the security circles as “uncoordinated troop movements.”
He added: “Not good, not good at all.”