Dozens of school children killed in Uganda by IS rebels

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Dozens of school children killed in Uganda by IS rebels

Nearly 40 pupils have been killed at a school in western Uganda by rebels linked to the Islamic State group (IS).

A further eight people remain in a critical condition after the attack on Lhubiriha secondary school in Mpondwe.

Five militants carried out the attack at around 23:30 (20:30 GMT) on Friday, entering dormitories where the pupils lived.

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – have been blamed.

Uganda’s information minister said 37 students were confirmed to have been killed, but did not give their ages.

Twenty of them were attacked with machetes and 17 of them burned to death, Chris Baryomunsi told the BBC.

Survivors said the rebels threw a bomb into the dormitory after the machete attack. It’s not clear if this resulted in a fire in the building which was reported earlier.

Six students were also abducted to carry food that the rebels stole from the school’s stores, he added. The militants then returned across the border into the DRC.

More than 60 people are educated at the school, most of whom live there.

Some of the bodies are said to have been badly burnt and DNA tests will need to be carried out to identify them.