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BUSHENYI: ADF Rebels threaten attack on four schools if they don’t close within 14 days

Bushenyi District in Western Uganda has been put on a high security alert after leaflets suspected to be from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels were found in Kyamuhanga Sub County earlier this week in the wake of the attack on tourists in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese.

The leaflets reportedly put four schools in the area which include; Kyamuhunga Secondary School, Kyamuhunga Central Primary School, and Kabingo Model Primary School on target as Uganda continue to assure on safety from the defiant Islamists.

In one of the leaflets discovered in Kyamuhanga Sub County, the rebels warned that they will attack the four schools if they do not close within two weeks. The leaflets also threaten to kill any teachers or students who remain at the schools after the deadline.

The discovery of the leaflets has caused widespread panic in Kyamuhanga Sub County and now several parents have refused to send their children to school for fear of their safety. The schools have also been closed by the Bushenyi District Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Robert Atuhairwe until further notice.

Mr Atuhairwe announced that immediate action is being taken to address the threat, stating that intense meetings will be held with Local Council (LC) chairpersons to discuss security measures. He added that coordination with authorities in the neighboring Rubirizi District has been increased.

Atuhairwe also called on residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the authorities, and emphasized the importance of community vigilance in maintaining peace and security in the region.

The ADF is a Ugandan Islamist rebel group that has been active in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the early 1990s.

The group has been accused of numerous atrocities, including massacres, kidnappings, and beheadings. In recent years, the ADF has also carried out attacks in Uganda, including the 2018 twin bombings in Kampala that killed four people and injured dozens more.

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