Police in Hoima city are holding 47 suspected criminals following their arrest during an intelligence-led operation.
The operation was conducted jointly by the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces and the police in conjunction with other sister security agencies on Friday night.
The suspects were arrested from Kiryatete East, a suburb of Hoima city following complaints from area residents especially the business community regarding the escalating thefts and attacks by suspected criminals in the area.
Police have since concealed particulars of the suspects as they are still undergoing scrutiny by security according to SP Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson who confirmed the arrest and detention of the suspected criminals, males and females.
He explained that they were compelled to conduct the operation following numerous cases and complaints registered about increased attacks on area residents including pedestrians and motorists. According to Hakiza, some of the suspects were found hiding in uncompleted structures in Kiryatete while others were found smoking marijuana in groups. END