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Pakistan national arrested in Kikuube under unclear circumstances

Ali Asim was arrested inside Hoima sugar factory premises. URN photo

Kikuube, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The police in Kikuube district are holding a 23-year-old Pakistan national who was arrested inside Hoima sugar factory premises under unclear circumstances.

The suspect holding a Pakistan passport has been identified as Ali Asim, who was a student at Rise and Shine secondary school Ntinda in Kampala.

Denis Ongom, the human resource manager Hoima sugar limited told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that Asim gained entry into the factory posing as an expert, holding a vehicle key, adding that while inside, he toured all the departments without being asked anything but they later became suspicious of him.

He says when they tasked him to identify himself, they realized that he was not a worker attached to Hoima Sugar Limited, a thing that prompted them to alert security personnel who immediately swung into action and arrested him.

He was immediately whisked to Kikuube central police station for further interrogations.

Amlan Tumusiime, the Kikuube Resident District Commissioner-RDC questioned Asim over how he gained entry into the sugar factory premises and how he came to the district but his answers did not make sense.

Tumusiime asked all Ugandans to be vigilant and report any suspected persons in their areas for security purposes.

While talking to URN, Asim claimed that he traveled with his uncle from Kampala by Taxi and spent a night in Hoima city and later headed to Hoima Sugar factory premises using a boda boda.

Asim is said to have been in company of another person who has since gone on the run.

He claimed that his uncle whose names could not be revealed was in Kikuube district but he didn’t know where exactly he was.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says they have detained the Pakistan national and have launched investigations to ascertain how he entered into the district.

The hunt for his accomplice who is currently on the run is also ongoing according to Hakiza.

Uganda is on high alert following the two bombing attacks at Komamboga and Lungala where some people lost their lives.

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