Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Police officer shoots tortoise

8 July 2014, 11:25

A Ugandan police officer has reportedly shot a tortoise dead after being attacked by the "aggressive" creature.

The incident happened in the Nebbi district in the north of the country near the Congolese border, reports the BBC.

Charles Onegiu told the New Vision newspaper that the animal entered his home and attacked him while he was enjoying a post-work cup of tea.

"I tried to scare it but the tortoise became very aggressive. I took a stick to chase it but it instead became more violent," he said.

After attempting to fend off the tortoise with a plastic chair, he said he "instinctively" drew his firearm and shot it dead.

A local Christian group later prayed for Onegiu, "before burning the dead reptile to ashes".

Nebbi district police commander Onesmus Mwesigwa said that his officer's extreme reaction to the attack may have been down to local superstitions.

After consulting local elders and colleagues, Mwesigwa appealed for calm "from residents and police officers, maintaining that lives are not in danger as they may have assumed".

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