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Kibaale Calm after Violent Land Clashes

Western Uganda’s Kibaale district is reported to be calm again following fierce ethnic clashes over land which resulted in the murder of three civilians, including two children who were beheaded with hunting knives. A further 50 people suffered serious injuries from attacks with spears, axes and machetes, according to police sources. The fight occurred on Monday between members of the Banyoro tribe and the dominant Bakiga tribe of western Uganda. A group of Bakiga attacked the Banyoro in a “pre-emptive strike” when they saw them in a Bakiga-settled area and feared an attempt to appropriate their land by force. Police commissioner for Uganda’s mid-west region Grace Turyagumanawe told IRIN “it was just the usual fighting over land”. “We have already arrested 15 involved in starting the fight. We are still pursuing the ringleaders but we have a good idea who they are. We will be bringing them to justice,” Turyagumanawe said. Full Story

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