Hundreds Pitch Camp at Karugutu Primary School After ADF Attack in Ntoroko

More than 200 people have pitched camp at Karugutu Primary School in Karugutu Town Council Ntoroko District after Allied Democratic Force-ADF rebels attacked two villages on Tuesday. 

According to the Ministry of Defence Spokesperson, Felix Kulayigye, the rebels attacked the villages of Kyobe and Kayanja II in Bweramule Sub County.

Kulayigye said that an estimated 20-30 ADF fighters on Monday night crossed River Semuliki to Kyanja in Ntoroko district. He also said that 11 rebels were killed during an exchange of fire with UPDF.

Following the attacks, residents mainly women and children fled their homes and pitched camp at Karugutu Primary School, which is about 15 kilometers from Bweramule. 

Frank Musinguzi, a resident of Kibuku Village says that a group of about 50 people attacked the area and took two residents hostage, and demanded that they take them to the UPDF barracks.  Ntoroko district is home to the Mountain Warfare Training School and Barracks in Karugutu Town Council.

Douglas Musinguzi, another resident says that the rebels who were dressed in black clothes and speaking Swahili were randomly shooting at the civilians and ordering them to flee their homes.

Florence Katutsi says that she immediately started running when she heard gunshots.

Katutsi says that while fleeing, she was told that the village had been attacked by rebels.

Maria Biira who fled with her three children says that they were sleeping when they heard heavy gunfire.  They say that they immediately woke up and ran away and did not know the reasons behind the gunfire.

According to Biira, the men did not flee the area because they wanted to protect their cattle.

“Our men have to stay home and protect our cows, we have about 600 cows and we can’t leave them. My husband says that he would rather die than leave our cows alone”.

Sedrack Bwambale the Principle Town Agent of Karugutu Town Council told URN that currently they are registering all residents who have pitched camp at the school and added that more are still fleeing.  Bwambale says that they are reaching out to the Red Cross for help.

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