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Ex-Ugandan army chief survives gun attack

A former army chief in the east African nation of Uganda has been injured after gunmen fired at the car in which he was traveling.

The shooting, which occurred early on Tuesday, also claimed the lives of the daughter and driver of General Katumba Wamala, who were with him.

General Wamala, who serves as Uganda’s works and transport minister, was injured in the arm in the attack, which took place near his home in a suburb of the capital, Kampala, a military source said.

The source said the general’s driver and his daughter have been confirmed dead.

Ugandan police did not immediately comment on the gun attack.

The unknown assailants were reportedly riding motorcycles that approached the minister’s car in a busy street. They then shot at the vehicle at least seven times, local broadcaster NBS reported. Footage from the scene showed the minister in his bloodied clothes asking to be taken to the hospital.

Ugandans reacted with shock and disbelief to the apparent assassination attempt, which analysts say has raised fears of insecurity in the troubled East African country.

“The bad guys have done it, but God has given me a second chance. … I will pull through,” the general said, speaking from his hospital bed later on Tuesday.

Uganda has experienced similar attacks in recent years.

In 2017, a spokesman for the national police was killed by gunmen outside his home.

A member of parliament was shot dead in a similar attack in 2018. Other victims include a prominent public prosecutor and Muslim sheikhs.

General Wamala, who served for years as national police chief, is a member of Uganda’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. He is also popular among many Ugandans who cite his down-to-earth demeanor.

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