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Ugandan soldier kills seven women and children at army barracks - official

Published 16/06/2016

The attack took place at the Makindye barracks in Kampala
The attack took place at the Makindye barracks in Kampala

A Ugandan soldier has shot and killed seven people, all of them women or children, at a barracks in the capital after an apparent domestic dispute, a military official said.

The attacker was killed in an exchange of fire with other soldiers at the Makindye barracks in Kampala, military police spokesman Captain Edward Birundi said.

The soldier, identified as Obua Isaac, had intended to kill his wife, who is also a soldier, over an apparent domestic dispute. When he could not find her, he went on a shooting rampage, the spokesman said.

"He had problems with his wife," Capt Birungi said. "He wanted to kill his wife."

Four of the victims are women and the rest are children.

Capt Birungi said he believes the soldier may have acted under the influence of marijuana and alcohol.

In 2014, an army private in western Uganda shot and killed 10 people, including five soldiers, following a drunken feud over a woman in a bar.

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