at least 41 people killed in deadly ugandan school attack

At least 41 people killed in deadly Ugandan school attack

At least 41 people, including 38 students, one guard, and two members of the local community, have been killed in a deadly attack on Lhubiriha Secondary School in the border town of Mpondwe in Uganda, a country in East Africa.

According to police, militants linked to Islamic State reportedly shot those people outside the school. They carried out the raid late Friday on the school. 

Rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces with ties to the Islamic State group attacked the school, abducting other people and setting a dormitory on fire. 

Police reportedly said, “A dormitory was set on fire and a food store looted. So far, 25 bodies have been recovered from the school and transferred to Bwera Hospital.”

Felix Kulayigye, a brigadier general in the Uganda People’s Defence Force, wrote on Twitter, “Our forces are pursuing the enemy to rescue those abducted and destroy this group.”

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According to the police, after the tragic incident, the attackers fled towards Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). 

Reportedly, Joe Walusimbi, an official representing Uganda’s president in Kasese, said that the officials were trying to verify the number of people abducted.

Winnie Kiiza, the Member of Parliament representing the Kasese District Women in the 10th Ugandan Parliament, condemned the deadly attack on the school in Uganda. She wrote on Twitter that “attacks on schools are unacceptable and are a grave violation of children’s rights.”

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have launched many attacks in recent years, targeting civilians in remote parts of eastern DRC. In April this year, the rebels attacked a village in eastern DRC, killing nearly 20 people.

The group was established in the early 1990s to launch its insurgency against former President Yoweri Museveni. They staged deadly attacks in Ugandan villages. They were defeated by the Ugandan military.