Armed thugs raid West Nile Supermarket in Arua

Armed thugs raid West Nile Supermarket in Arua

Unidentified thugs have raided West Nile Special Cuts Supermarket in Arua town and made off with unspecified amount of money.

According to some witnesses, armed thugs wearing masks stormed the Supermarket, which is found along Arua-Pakwach road around 7:40pm on Tuesday evening.

One of the thugs went straight to the cashier and placed her at gunpoint demanding that she hands over all the money in her custody. Two other masked thugs stood guard outside the supermarket and immediately put attendants at the nearby shop at gun point and ordered them to lie down as they carried their loot before fleeing with unspecified amount of money from the supermarket.

They opened fire as they made off with their loot through Arua hill play grounds sending several people along the busy Arua-Pakwach road scampering for safety.

A team of UPDF and Police Officers immediately started pursuing the thugs believed to have escaped in to the nearby Barufa forest in vain.

A security guard at the supermarket told this publication on Wednesday 5th in the morning that two thugs holding one AK47 gun entered the supermarket disguised as customers. He explains that the thug who wasn’t armed held the cashier’s mouth while his armed colleague picked cash from the counter.

“As I sat watching the customers, I realized later the two men wearing heavy jackets were thugs and immediately picked some bricks and threw at them as they escaped before firing one bullet in the air,” the guard told this publication in Lugbara. The thugs are believed to have robbed more than Shillings 7 million from the Supermarket, which is owned by an employee of Leaf Tobacco Ltd Arua only identified as Patrick.

The incident comes two days after armed thugs shot dead, Rasul Amati a mobile money dealer while closing his shop around 9:50pm on Sunday night. The same weekend unidentified thugs robbed a firearm from a police constable deployed to guard the Electoral Commission offices near Arua hill.

The constable was picked up and locked up at Arua CPS to help with investigations into the loss of his firearm, which has never been recovered. The West Nile Police Spokesperson, Josephine Angucia has cautioned business and bar operators to heighten their security and the holiday season draws near.