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Police Records 174 Deaths During Festive Season

174 deaths have been recorded in the nine days of Christmas and New Year festivities, according to security agencies.

The deaths were a result of crime-related incidents, and traffic crashes across the country from December 23, 2023, to January 1, 2024.

Out of 174 deaths, crime-related incidents claimed the highest number of lives.

At 115 people died due to assaults, mob justice, terrorism, poisoning, suicide, hacking, and stabbing.

Crime-related incidents, according to Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson, caused the death of 84 people between December 24 and December 26 while another 31 died between December 30 and January 1.

During Christmas, 38 people were assaulted to death, 13 were killed by suspected Allied Democratic Forces rebels, five were lynched, eight committed suicide, eight drowned, eight were stabbed and eight were killed with blunt objects.

During the New Year’s Day, police registered 55 reportable incidents which caused the death of 31 people.

Six were stabbed, five were hacked, two were killed with blunt objects, and two were poisoned.

Road crashes, according to Michael Kananura, the Traffic Police Spokesperson claimed the lives of 33 people between December 23 and 26. Other 26 people died between December 31 and January 01. This brings the total number of people killed in road crashes during the nine days to 59.     

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