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A South Sudanese soldier and civilian have been arrested in Elegu Town Council in Amuru District following an attack on UPDF soldiers patrolling the porous border entry points.

The suspects are; Karibinu Dhel, 28, a soldier with South Sudan People Defence Forces (SSPDF) attached to the Republican Guard in Nimule and Martin Okot 24, a South Sudanese broker in Nimule.

The duo was part of seven armed South Sudanese who had forced their way into Uganda via Unyama River, a porous border point.

Mr Geoffrey Oceng Osborn, the Amuru Deputy Resident District Commissioner also the chairperson of the district security committee, says the South Sudanese forced their way into the country to facilitate transportation of illegal drugs.

“What is bringing all these problems is the issue of illegal drugs, there has been some illegal trade of these drugs from Uganda to South Sudan, but it has been stopped. Now they want to come and take them forcefully. Most of them depend on these drugs to survive,” he said.

Maj Caesar Olweny, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson, says during the scuffle, the attackers disarmed and shot a UPDF soldier identified as Ashiraf Ocaya who is attached to Elegu military detach. Ocaya is admitted at the UPDF 4th Division Military Hospital in Gulu for treatment.

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