Uganda Police Spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi has been shot dead.

Assistant Inspector-General Kaweesi and two other police officers were killed on Friday by unknown assailants about 100 metres from his home in Kulambiro, Nakawa Division, Kampala.

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"He was shot dead this morning as he was leaving his home coming to work," Inspector-General of Police Kale Kayihura said on Friday.

"Kaweesi had two police officers guarding him who were also killed. The motive is yet to be established," he added.

A large crowd of local residents gathered at the scene where the officers' dead bodies slumped inside a black vehicle, blood pooling under shattered glass alongside the car.

The bodies were later taken away.

SHOT RAPIDLY

A local resident described seeing four men on two motorcycles attack the car the police officers were travelling in at around 9.30 am as they left for work.

"Two motorbike riders and two men with guns fired at the car. They shot very rapidly with guns that looked like AK47s," said Mohammad, a motorcycle rider who lives and works in the area.

"The motorbikes came from behind as the car was leaving Kaweesi's house. The car driver tried to increase speed but they drove past the car and shot into it," said the 30-year-old man who declined to give his surname.

"The motorbikes were new and the shooters looked professional. They weren't wearing masks but I didn't see their faces because I ran for cover."

10 YEARS

Local Mayor Charles Sserunjogi said he heard "a hail of bullets— many shots— from my house nearby".

He said Kaweesi had lived in the neighbourhood of Kulambiro for about 10 years.

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