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Ugandan ex-army chief escapes death but daughter killed in assassination attempt

In an attempted assassination on Tuesday, gunmen opened fire at a car carrying a Ugandan government minister, injuring the former army commander and killing his daughter and driver, the military and local media said. 

Four assassins on motorcycles fired bullets at a four-wheeler carrying General Katumba Wamala, the minister of works and transports, in the Kampala suburb of Kisasi, local television station NBS reported. 

Police officials investigating the incident later combed the area, pouring over bullet holes in the car’s windows and body and casings on the ground.  The private NTV Uganda television broadcast social media footage of Wamala speaking in hospital. Referring to his daughter, who was in the car with him, he said, “I have survived, we have lost Brenda. The bad guys have done it, but God has given me a second chance.” 

Army spokeswoman Brigadier Flavia Byekwaso told Reuters, “There was a shooting involving him, he is hurt and he’s been taken to the hospital, his driver was killed.” 

A government official said a resident was also shot and wounded in the incident and was in the hospital. 

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