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Death Toll in Apaa Revenge Attacks Rises to Five :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Death Toll in Apaa Revenge Attacks Rises to Five

Charles Okoya, the LCI of Apaa village told Uganda Radio Network Wednesday that the assailants who returned to avenge an earlier attack abducted five motorcyclists during their raid but left one while another escaped. He however said the armed men went on to kill the three motorists using arrows, and machetes.
UPDF soldiers patrol Apaa Trading Center as locals go about their businesses in December 2023.

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The death toll following revenge attacks between the Acholi and Madi communities in the disputed Apaa land has risen to five.

Security officials reported that three people from the Acholi community were killed on Tuesday morning following a revenge attack by unknown assailants in Kamdini village in Kalacut Parish.

The deceased were identified as Odong Labalpiny, Mungu, and Nyeko whose bodies have been taken to Mungula Health Center IV. Four motorcycles with deflated tires were also recovered close to the deceased bodies.  

The incident happened just a day after two men from the Madi community were killed on Monday in an attack by a mob armed with machetes, bows, and arrows in Liangu Lianguru village, Fuda Parish in Pakele Sub-County, Adjumani district.

According to security reports on the latest incident, an estimated 10 men armed with bows and arrows reportedly raided Kamdini village Tuesday at about 11 am and attacked a 50-year-old man and his son severely injuring them. the victims were identified as Anayo Orocula 50, and Godfrey Okeny 27 who are currently receiving medical treatment at a health facility in Layima Sub-county.

Charles Okoya, the LCI of Apaa village told Uganda Radio Network Wednesday that the assailants who returned to avenge an earlier attack abducted five motorcyclists during their raid but left one while another escaped. He however said the armed men went on to kill the three motorists using arrows, and machetes.

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Okoya says locals are now living in fear and called on security to beef up deployment to cease the attacks between the two communities.

He also notes that an estimated 273 huts have been torched down by unknown assailants in the past week since tension escalated between the two communities.

Capt. Hassan Kato, the Fourth Infantry Division Public Information Officer notes that while security is working to avert continued attacks, they are facing challenges in manning the entire area of Apaa due to its vast land size.

Kato however called on the two sides of Acholi and Madi to embrace peaceful dialogues that don’t end in bloodshed as the government finds a lasting solution.

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Apaa land covering an estimated 827 Sq Km has been under contention since 2012 leaving more than 30 dead, and several others injured. Both residents in Adjumani and Amuru claim ownership of the land while the government says parts of the disputed area fall under the protected East Madi Wildlife Reserve and Zoka Central Forest.

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