The Ugandan transport minister, former army chief, was shot and wounded on Tuesday in an attack in which his daughter and bodyguard were killed, the government spokesman said. General Edward Katumba Wamala, who led the armed forces between 2013 and 2017, was targeted by gunfire while driving on the northern outskirts of the capital Kampala, according to spokesman Chris Baryomunsi.

Katumba Wamala “was the target of an attack this morning … Her daughter and bodyguard were shot and died on the spot,” Baryomunsi told AFP on Tuesday.

“General Katumba was rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds and is being treated. Investigators took charge of the crime scene, “he added,” the investigation will determine the motive and those behind “this attack.

Witnesses told local television stations that four masked men riding two motorcycles repeatedly shot the minister’s car.

Images broadcast on these channels and on social media show the vehicle – easily identifiable by its green military-only license plate – riddled with dozens of holes.

This attack is the latest in a series of killings in recent years targeting Ugandan figures in a similar fashion.

In June 2018, Ibrahim Abiriga, one of the leaders of the National Resistance Movement (NRM), the party of President Yoweri Museveni, was shot dead by men on motorcycles.

In March 2017, Ugandan police spokesman Andrew Kawes was killed in the same area as Tuesday’s attack. Witnesses said they saw four masked men, perched on two motorcycles, shoot him.

In March 2015, Joan Ksezi, a prosecutor investigating a jihadist attack in Kampala in 2010, was shot and killed by bikers on her way home.

No one has been convicted in any of these three murders.

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