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DRC Militia Kills Three Ugandan Fishermen on Lake Albert

Ajaru Chobidongo, a survivor of the attack told Uganda Radio Network that the suspected militiamen dressed in camouflage uniform attacked their boat and held them at gunpoint. They were eventually ordered to surrender their fishing gear.

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Three Ugandan Fishermen have been gunned down by suspected Congolese Militiamen on the Lake Albert.

The attack, by suspected Lendu militiamen, happened near Kaiso Landing site in Tonya parish, on Friday night.

The deceased fishermen have only been identified as Isaac, Aduba and Stoni, all fishermen attached to Kaiso Landing site.  They were allegedly attacked by a group of armed militiamen as they went out fishing. 

Ajaru Chobidongo, a survivor of the attack told Uganda Radio Network that the suspected militiamen dressed in camouflage uniform attacked their boat and held them at gunpoint. They were eventually ordered to surrender their fishing gear.

The survivor said he jumped into the water and started swimming before the Militia gunned down his three colleagues. He was rescued by other fishermen who heard him screaming for help. The militiamen fired several bullets as they headed to the DRC side.

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Gilbert Tumwesige, a  fisherman at Kaiso landing site faults Uganda's security organs for not helping Ugandan fishermen who continue suffering in the hands of armed DRC Militiamen.

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Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says security operatives have launched investigations into the attack.

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Attacks on Ugandan Fishermen by suspected armed Congolese have been on since February 2018.  

On March 13, 2019, suspected armed Congolese Militia staged three different attacks on the Lake Albert waters in Buliisa district, robbing 30 boat engines from fishermen. The attacks were near Walukuba, Bugoio and Butiaba landing sites. They allegedly put the fishermen at gunpoint and ordered them to surrender all the boat engines to them. They later crossed with the Engines to DRC.

On March 1, 2019, three suspected Congolese Militiamen raided Kyehoro landing site in Kikuube district and abducted Pith Opio, a fisherman attached to Kyehoro landing site. They crossed with him to DRC. He was later set free after his relatives paid ransom to the suspected Militia.

On November 12, 2018, DRC Militia raided the lake and hacked to death Five Ugandan fishermen before fleeing with their fishing gear.  

On November 18, 2018, the same suspected Congolese Militia again raided the lake and gunned down seven Ugandan fishermen. This attracted the attention of the Chief of Defense forces-CDF David Muhoozi who rushed to Kaiso landing site in Hoima district for a fact-finding mission.

He assured the fishermen of full protection by the government against the Congolese but since then attacks have persisted on the lake.

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