Ugandan Minister escapes assassination attempt, daughter, driver killed

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Security forces and forensic experts secure the scene of an attempted assassination on Ugandan minister of works and transport General Katumba Wamala in the suburb of Kiasasi within Kampala, Uganda June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa
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Unknown assailants on Tuesday sprayed bullets at a car carrying Uganda’s works and transport minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, in an attempted assassination, wounding him, but killing his daughter and driver.

Eyewitnesses said four armed assailants riding on two motorcycles opened fire at the vehicle carrying the former UPDF commander of land forces in the Kampala suburb of Kisasi.

“There was a shooting involving him … he is hurt and he’s been taken to the hospital, his driver was killed,” Army spokeswoman Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso told journalists.

Kinkizi West MP, Dr Chris Baryomunsi who was one of the first responders told journalists at the scene that Gen Katumba sustained injuries in both shoulders.

“General Edward Katumba Wamala’s condition is stable. He will remain in hospital and may not be evacuated out of the country,” Dr Baryomunsi added hours later.

There have been several unsolved assassinations and mysterious deaths of high-profile officials in the country in recent years that have fueled speculation about perpetrators and their motivations.

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