Deadly Clashes in Uganda Leaves 14 Police & 41 Tribal Insurgents Killed

uganda-clashesUgandan police said on Sunday that 41 tribal insurgents and 14 police officers were killed in clashes that erupted in the west of the country.

According to the media reports, the tribal king of the area near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was also detained.

Through Twitter channel, the police, who announced the death toll, saying the clashes took place in the Rwenzori region, where there has been unrest since a disputed presidential election in February that was won by Yoweri Museveni.

Police source said people it simply described as “attackers” were fighting with an intention of creating an independent state in the area.

According Army spokesman, Paddy Ankunda Charles Wesley Mumbere, the King of the Rwenzururu who is known to support the opposition was also arrested.

The attackers were using improvised explosive devices IEDs) including grenades, guns, and spears to attack security personnel.

Police source also noted one of vehicle at a security post was torched during the fighting.

Police confirmed to have arrested 15 key ring leaders fueling the Sunday clashes.

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