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UN condemns school attack in Uganda, calls for regional partnership on cross-border security

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday strongly condemned an attack on a secondary school in western Uganda reportedly perpetrated by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group, said his deputy spokesman.

Ugandan authorities said ADF rebels attacked the Lhubirira secondary school in Mpondwe on the border with the DRC on Friday night, killing at least 37 students. At least eight students remained in critical condition. Six students were in the hands of the rebels.

Those responsible for this appalling attack must be brought to justice, said Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesperson, in a statement.

The secretary-general extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the government and people of Uganda, and called for the immediate release of those abducted, said the statement.

Guterres reiterated the importance of collective efforts, including through enhanced regional partnerships, to tackle cross-border insecurity between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda and restore durable peace in the area, it said.

The ADF is a Ugandan rebel group that is holed up in the jungles of eastern DRC. It is a branch of the Islamic State in Central Africa.

The rebel group is blamed for causing havoc in villages in eastern DRC. The Ugandan military and their Congolese counterparts launched joint operations against the rebel group in November 2021

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