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Over 30 students killed in Uganda school attack

One of the survivors of the Mpondwe Lhubiriha Secondary School attack being consoled. Photo: Twitter/@citizentvkenya

Over 30 students have been killed at a school in western Uganda by rebels linked to the Islamic State group (IS). Another eight people remain in a critical condition after the attack on Lhubiriha Secondary School in Mpondwe.

Uganda’s Information Minister, Chris Baryomunsi said 37 students were confirmed to have been killed with 20 of them attacked with machetes and 17 burned to death.

He said five militants carried out the attack at around 8pm on Friday, entering dormitories where the pupils lived.

Six students were also abducted to carry food that the rebels stole from the school’s stores.

BBC reports that the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been blamed for the attack.

Writing by Chinasa Ossai; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu