News Update


40 people were killed in a school attack in Uganda by militants affiliated with the Islamic State organization.

Around 40 people, including children, were massacred at a school in western Uganda by Islamic State-affiliated insurgents.

A additional eight individuals are in serious condition following the attack on Mpondwe’s Lhubiriha secondary school.

Boys from the school’s dormitories were among those killed.

The attack on Friday was carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan militia located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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According to national police spokesperson Fred Enanga, many of the dead have been brought to Bwera Hospital.

The attack occurred on Friday about 23:30 local time (20:30 GMT) at a school in the Kasese area of western Uganda.

The institution educates about 60 students, the majority of whom reside on campus.

During the event, ADF rebels burned a dormitory and plundered a food shop, according to Mr Enanga.

According to Ugandan army Major General Dick Olum, several of the youngsters were burned or hacked to death.

Others at the school, largely girls, have been kidnapped, he said.

Some of the bodies are claimed to have been severely burned, and DNA tests will be required to identify them.

The attackers are claimed to have set fire to the pupils’ bedding and exploded devices in the area.

Members of the larger community may be among the dead. A lot of students are still missing.

Soldiers are following ADF terrorists toward the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest and largest national park, which is home to rare animals like as mountain gorillas.

Militias, especially the ADF, use the huge territory that borders Uganda and Rwanda as a safe haven.

“Our forces are pursuing the enemy in order to rescue those abducted and destroy this group,” stated defense spokesperson Felix Kulayigye on Twitter.

The Ugandan army has also sent planes to help track down the insurgents.

Uganda and the DRC have conducted combined military operations in east Congo to avert ADF attacks.

According to Major General Olum, security forces had knowledge that rebels had been in the border area on the DRC side for at least two days prior to Friday night’s strike.

The tragic incident follows an attack last week in a DRC village near the Ugandan border by alleged ADF fighters. Over 100 villagers escaped to Uganda, only to return.

The attack on the school, which is less than two kilometers (1.25 miles) from the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the first against a Ugandan school in 25 years.

In June 1998, an ADF raid on Kichwamba Technical Institute near the DRC border resulted in the deaths of 80 students in their dormitories. Over 100 pupils were kidnapped.

In the 1990s, the ADF was formed in eastern Uganda and took up arms against long-serving President Yoweri Museveni, citing government persecution of Muslims.

After being defeated by the Ugandan army in 2001, it fled to the DRC’s North Kivu province.

Jamil Makulu, the group’s key founder, was caught in Tanzania in 2015 and is currently being held in a Ugandan prison.

For the past two decades, ADF insurgents have operated from within the DRC.

The ADF was blamed for suicide attacks in Uganda’s capital Kampala and other parts of the country in 2021.


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