Night Raid on Makerere University Students by Soldiers leaves trail of damage

It was a long and turbulent night for Makerere University students who were caught up in the midst of a night raid by military personnel who both assaulted them and damaged property in millions of shillings.

Eye witnesses say heavily armed soldiers went about the university breaking doors and capturing students in military fashion as the night ushering in Friday wore on.

Reports further say the soldiers destroyed student property including items like beds, flat TV screens and other house hold items.

As a result, the operation has left 11 students hospitalised with severe injuries from the brutal assault done on them by the army.

Students are being treated at different locations including the university hospital and those whose parents are able have taken them to private hospitals for proper medical attention.

Meanwhile the situation remains tense as students demand the release of those who were arrested last night from the university halls.

The events have also left many journalists entangled in the unrest where over 15 members of the press were tear gassed yesterday.

The army’s involvement in civilian operations has been justified by the Uganda Police who have on several occasions used the pretext of ‘sister security agencies’ helping out.

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