Military officials in Uganda have confirmed that two soldiers have been executed by firing squad after being convicted of murdering an Irish missionary priest. A crowd of 1,000 people witnessed the executions of Corporal James Omediyo and Private Abdullah Mohammed.

Thirty one-year-old Father Declan O'Toole, a Mill Hill Father, and two parish workers were shot dead five days ago after being ambushed while travelling in northern Uganda. Preparations are under way to have Father O'Toole's body flown home tomorrow for burial in his native Headford in County Galway on Thursday.

A colleague of Father O’Toole has said that leaders of the Ugandan army should shoulder the blame for the killing. Father Joseph Jones, Bursar with Mill Hill Missionaries in Dublin, said that the soldiers who killed Father O'Toole and two parish workers were following orders and that senior army officers should be brought to account.

The Aid Agency, Goal, has urged the Government to withdraw the Irish Ambassador to Uganda in protest at the execution. Goal's Chief Executive, John O'Shea, also called on the Government to cease all official involvement with the authorities in Uganda, which he described as “one of the most oppressive regimes in the world”.