Nearly 30 Ugandans killed by the ADF in Bwera, a village on the DRC-Uganda border

Around thirty Ugandans were killed during an incursion by ADF rebels from the DRC, on the night of Friday June 16 to Saturday June 17 in Bwera.

The ADF attack took place in a boarding school at the Lhubirira Lycée in Mpongwe, in the Ugandan town of Bwera, not far from the shared border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This information has been confirmed by FARDC and MONUSCO sources in Bunia. Several other sources claim that most of the victims are schoolchildren.

According to several sources, the rebels attacked the school late at night, while the pupils were asleep.

Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga gave a provisional death toll of thirty, with eight seriously injured taken to Bwera hospital for treatment. Fred Enanga adds that Ugandan forces are in pursuit of the rebels, who are believed to have entrenched themselves in the Virunga Park extension.

One of the victims, contacted by telephone from Uganda at the site of the corpses and wounded, claims that several people are missing at the moment.

This is the second ADF attack in Ugandan territory since the joint FARDC-UPDF operations began in the Irumu territory in Ituri and the Beni territory in North Kivu, following the attack on the locality of Bweramure in the Ugandan district of Ntoroko on December 11, 2022.