The Ugandan army has said in a statement. The death toll has risen to 37. In militant attack by an ISIS-linked extremist group on a school in the west of the country.
According to the French news agency AFP, the spokesman of the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces, Felix Kolejaye. He said in a statement on Saturday that “unfortunately, 37 bodies have been recovered. And have been taken to the mortuary of Beura Hospital.”
The army says it is pursuing militants after the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militant attacked a school late on Friday night in a district across the border near the Congo.
Earlier, National Police spokesperson Fred Ananga said that a hostel was burned and a food store was looted. The condition of the eight injured is critical, and they have been shifted to the hospital.
“Said more that many students are still missing. And it has been confirmed that all the dead were students of the school,” said the Resident Commissioner of Kasese.
The police have yet to say what kind of attack it was or how the deaths took place.
The school is about a mile and a half from the Congolese border. Where the ADF is active and has been accused of killing thousands of civilians since the 1990s.
The ADF is a Ugandan Muslim rebel group that entered the Congo in the 1990s.
ISIS, which it describes as its local branch, has claimed responsibility for attacks by the ADF in eastern Congo since 2019.
The ADF has not carried out many attacks in Uganda, but Friday’s attack by the group is believed to be the worst in years.
This is not the first attack on the school by the ADF. Earlier in June 1998, he attacked a school near the Congolese border, killing 80 students.