Uganda: 25 killed by militants in school attack

Uganda: 25 killed by militants in school attack

Not less than 25 individuals have been killed at a college in western Uganda by rebels linked to the Islamic State group.

An additional eight individuals stay in a essential situation after the assault on Lhubiriha secondary college in Mpondwe.

Police say the assault on Friday was carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – a Ugandan group primarily based within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Troopers are pursuing the group who fled in the direction of Virunga Nationwide park within the DRC, police added.

“Up to now 25 our bodies have been recovered from the varsity and transferred to Bwera Hospital”, nationwide police spokesperson Fred Enanga stated in a press release on Saturday.

A dormitory on the college was burnt and a meals retailer was looted throughout Friday night time’s assault, he added.

Quite a lot of college students have been nonetheless unaccounted for, AFP information company is reporting, with dozens feared to have been kidnapped.

The attackers have fled in the direction of Virunga Nationwide park – Africa’s oldest and largest nationwide park dwelling to uncommon species, together with mountain gorillas.

Militias together with the ADF additionally use the huge expanse, which borders Uganda and Rwanda, as a hideout.

The assault on the varsity, situated lower than two kilometres (1.25 miles) from Uganda’s border with the DRC, is the primary such assault on a Ugandan college for a few years.

In June 1998, 80 college students have been burnt to dying of their dormitories in an ADF assault on Kichwamba Technical Institute close to the border of DRC. Greater than 100 college students have been kidnapped.

The ADF was created in japanese Uganda within the Nineteen Nineties and took up arms in opposition to long-serving President, Yoweri Museveni, alleging authorities persecution of Muslims.

After its defeat by the Ugandan military in 2001, it relocated to North Kivu province within the DRC.

ADF rebels have been working from contained in the DRC for the previous 20 years.


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