According to reports, attackers who are believed to be Allied Democratic Forces ( ADF ) rebels attacked a school in the Kasese district.
According to reports, the assailants arrived at Rubiriha Secondary School late on Friday and started shooting randomly, sending students and staff into a panic.
At least 25 students were killed in the attack, along with two security officers and numerous others.
While retreating back into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the rebels are rumored to have kidnapped an undetermined number of students.
The commissioner for the Kasese Resident District, Mr. Joel Walusimbi, confirmed this attack.
When contacted by our reporter, Uganda Police spokesperson Fred Enanga confirmed the incident and stated that the police were on the scene to determine the attack’s exact details, including how many people were killed and missing.
The ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) is a rebel group that has long operated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but more recently has also launched attacks in Uganda, a neighboring country.
The group has carried out a number of deadly attacks in the area, including one in 2019 that left at least 14 people dead and targeted a town in eastern DRC.
The ADF rebels have been a threat to Uganda for some time, and the government has been working to contain them, but it has been challenging to completely wipe them out. Attacks like the one that occurred at the school in Kasese bring to light the region’s ongoing security issues.