Chris Amanyire
Occupation Soldier

April 11, 2014
Karugutu, Uganda

Cause of death Suicide
Attack information
Date April 11, 2014
10 p.m.
Location(s) Karugutu, Uganda
Killed 8-9
Injured 25
Weapon(s) Assault rifle

Chris Amanyire was a Ugandan soldier who killed at least eight people and wounded 25 others at a bar in Karugutu, Ntoroko District, Uganda on April 11, 2014, before committing suicide.[1][2][3][4]

That morning Amanyire, a private of the UPDF attached to Rhino Battalion at Kanyansi barracks, was talking to a woman in Karugutu trading center. When he was confronted by a boda-boda cyclist about the converstation, both claimed to be the lover of the woman, which resulted in an argument, and eventually a fight between the two. The driver was soon helped by several of his colleagues, and together they beat Amaniyre, destroyed his mobile phone, and warned him to never talk to the woman again. The soldier threatened to take revenge.

At 9 p.m. the same night Amanyire encountered several of the boda-boda riders at the Ismail Night Club in Karugutu Town Council, and again a scuffle ensued between the drunk men. Amanyire was pushed out of the bar, and enraged, and bruised by the fight, he went back to the nearby barracks, grabbed his assault rifle, and returned to the club. At around 10 p.m. he opened fire at the revellers there, shooting at anyone who crossed his path, before he finally committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest near the exit of the pub.

Besides Amanyire three soldiers died at the scene, while one more later died at Buhinga Hospital. Additionally five civilians, three women and two men, were reported killed, though only four of them were named in the news articles. 25 people, among them several soldiers, were wounded and taken to hospital, where five of them, three women and two men, were said to be in critical condition.[5][6][7][8][9]

After the shooting the army paid USh2 million to each family of those killed for their burial expenses, while the families of the wounded received USh1 million for hospital bills and upkeep.[10]


Among those killed were:

  • Alex Saturday, soldier
  • Mark Kirungi, soldier
  • Naboth Natuhwera, soldier
  • Ndugu Kidwidwi, soldier
  • Mbambu Kyakimwa
  • Godfrey Alleluya

Various sources also identifed the following fatalities:

Among the injured were Robert Tomanya, Bonani, Moses, and Arituha, all four of them privates of the UPDF, as well as Muhindo and Rosset Kabbu.


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