Residents of Katabi Town Council on the Kampala-Entebbe highway were treated to a rare spectacle of a police aircraft as it hovered in the skies and beamed spot lights on different locations.

The use of the aircraft comes at a time of worsening insecurity in the area as a result of mysterious killings.

Flying low, the aircraft flew for about an hour with the biggest focus on Abayita Ababiri township.

Many residents were awed and seen gazing at the aircraft as it roared from one part of the town council to another.

Recently, bodies of women have been dumped in various areas of the town council.

The body of the latest victim, Jalia Nalule, was on Tuesday found in a bush in Nkumba, bringing the number of victims who have been brutally murdered in the last one month, to 11.

Most of the women have been raped before being strangled or bludgeoned.

The crime has forced Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and Security Minister Henry Tumukunde, to camp in the area.

The deployement of the aircraft is a new development in the fight against the mysterious murderers.

Police Spokesperson, Mr Asan Kasingye, however, denied knowledge of the use of the aircraft in combating crime in Katabi.

Kasingye says the police are using what he terms as “intelligence-led investigations” to deal with the murders and other crimes in the area.

Asked if the police are being boosted by the military, Mr Kasingye says they have not asked the army for support, adding that he isn’t aware of any military involvement.

According to Mr Kasingye, in addition to the use of intelligence, the police have enhanced foot and motorised patrols.

Of late, soldiers have been seen on patrol especially along the highway and Kasenyi Road.