June 13, 2024
Parents Submit DNA Samples To Identify Uganda School Massacre Victims
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Parents Submit DNA Samples To Identify Uganda School Massacre Victims

Parents of students missing after an attack on a school in western Uganda are trooping to the local police station to submit DNA samples that could identify their children among the 42 bodies that have been recovered so far.

One of Uganda’s biggest massacres in recent decades occurred on Friday night at Lhubirira Secondary School. Assailants set a dormitory full of boys alight, then attacked a dormitory full of girls, hacking victims to death with machetes and knives.

Six students were also abducted by the attackers, who the authorities say were fighters from the ISIL (ISIS)-linked Allied Democratic Forces group based across the border in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Regional police commander Tai Ramadhan said many of the bodies were charred beyond recognition, forcing investigators to use DNA samples from relatives to try to identify them.

Authorities said on Monday that 20 suspected “collaborators” of the attackers, including the school’s head teacher, had been detained for questioning.

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