ADF Rebels Kill Woman in Kasese, Abduct Man

 Kasese, Uganda - Suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group carried out a deadly attack in Ngoko Village, Kisinga Sub-county, leaving one woman dead, a man abducted, and a child severely injured. The assailants also looted maize and other food items from village plantations, authorities reported.

The attack, which occurred on Tuesday night, claimed the life of 47-year-old Betty Biira and left her 14-year-old nephew, Harrison Masereka, with serious injuries. According to Rwenzori East Regional Police spokesperson SP Luka Mbusa, the attackers, believed to be ADF rebels, targeted the family at around 9 pm.

Masereka, speaking from his hospital bed, recounted the harrowing experience. "At first, two people came knocking on the house. Once they forced their way in, I saw more three people. They asked for food, but we didn't have any in the house. So, my aunt offered to harvest some rice for them. They instead pounced on her and cut her with a panga. They then turned to me and asked for directions to the army detach, but I said I didn't know. So, they also cut me with the axe," he explained, detailing the brutal encounter.

Ngoko Village chairperson Joseph Kato revealed that Aston Agaba, approximately 50 years old, was abducted, while locals James Thembo and Julius Byaruhanga narrowly escaped the rebels. Byaruhanga, faced with a life-threatening choice, decided to throw himself into a river, and the rebels released him.

Authorities discovered Betty Biira with multiple cuts on her body, and evidence suggests that the attackers looted maize and other food items from the village plantations during the assault.

Responding to queries about the reported abduction, SP Mbusa stated, “There are rumors within the community that one person has been abducted. We can't confirm that now, but it is one of those things we are investigating."

Kitswamba Sub-county chairperson Yofesi Katenene linked the incident to a security meeting held just a week prior, where residents were informed that Kibale National Park might be harboring dangerous elements. "We suspect that these individuals entered from the park side adjacent to Karusandara Sub-county and reached Ngoko Village. The trail indicates that they re-entered the park through the areas of Ibuga and Bigando. The location where the woman was killed is only about one kilometer from Kibale National Park," Katenene observed. The park in question borders Kasese District in the southwest.

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