In Uganda, last weekend, a terrorist attack killed more than 40 people on the border with the DRC. An attack in a high school, which deeply shocked the country.
The hunt will be relentless and the perpetrators of the terrible terrorist attack, which killed more than forty victims, in a Ugandan high school "will pay for what they have done", promised the First Lady and Minister of Education, Janet Museveni.
The attack, deemed "appalling" by the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, and condemned by several countries, including the United States, occurred on the night of Friday to Saturday last . It was in the Lhubiriha high school in Mpondwe, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), that the attackers landed, causing real carnage.
Young students attacked with machetes, killed with knives or even burned alive… The toll is heavy: more than forty people died during this attack, and six hostages are still being held by terrorists. President Yoweri Museveni said on Sunday he would track down those responsible for the assault, whose "desperate, cowardly and terrorist action will not save them".
Who are the leaders the Ugandan president is talking about? According to several Ugandan army and police officials, the attack was carried out by members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) organization.
In November 2021, several explosions had taken place in Kampala, Ugandan capital. It was the seventh bomb attack in three months at the time. The country is regularly confronted with terrorist attacks, especially since 2015 and the arrest of the leader of the ADF, Jamil Mukulu. From then on, the ADF had moved to the west of the country, to the border with the DRC. After fearsome attacks in the 1990s, which left thousands dead, the Islamist movement has resumed its activities with renewed vigor in recent years.
It now remains, after the mourning, to know the responsibilities. According to several military sources, the intelligence services had indeed reported the presence of members of the ADF in the area, a few hours before the attack. An officer assures AFP that the attackers had detailed information on the targeted school.