Ugandan authorities say 20 individuals have been detained for questioning about their potential position within the bloodbath of 42 individuals, principally college students, by the Islamist group Allied Democratic Forces.
“No less than 20 suspected ADF collaborators have been arrested, to help with our investigations,” the nation’s police power stated in a press release on Tuesday.
These detained, police stated, included the college’s head trainer.
A bunch of fighters from the Islamic State-linked rebels stormed the Lhubirira Secondary College in Mpondwe, a city on Uganda’s border with Democratic Republic of Congo, about 11.30pm on Friday.
They torched one dormitory that housed boys and entered one other the place ladies resided and begun chopping victims utilizing machetes.
Of the 42 killed within the assault, 37 had been college students.
The scholar victims included a 12-year-old woman in her first yr of secondary college training, in line with police.
Seventeen our bodies recovered had been burnt past recognition and DNA exams are getting used to establish the our bodies, police stated.
“All of the 17 burnt our bodies had been male and the burns had been distributed everywhere in the our bodies, each back and front. One of many victims had a further gunshot wound,” police stated.
ADF was based in Uganda within the Nineteen Nineties. For years, the insurgents battled towards the federal government of President Yoweri Museveni from their base within the Rwenzori Mountains which straddle Uganda’s border with Congo.
Ultimately, Uganda’s army dislodged it and the group fled into the dense jungles of japanese Congo the place they’ve over time been blamed for brutal assaults on civilians.
ADF fighters have sometimes carried out assaults inside Uganda, together with bombings in Kampala in 2021.
Mother and father of the lacking college students have flocked to the native police station to submit DNA samples that might establish their youngsters among the many 42 our bodies which were recovered.
Simon Kule, who had come to Bwera Police Station to present a DNA pattern, was nonetheless on the lookout for his son, Philmon Mumbere.
“So they need to assist us to know – both these individuals are nonetheless there or they’re within the mortuary in order that we must always put together in time.”
Solomon Mulekya was on the lookout for his daughter, Trephine Kaghuo.
“We aren’t blissful, as a result of we now have misplaced our youngsters,” he stated. “I am there in suspense, whether or not the rebels they’ve taken her or we do not know they killed her alongside the way in which.”
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