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Missing Man Found Dead a Week After Deadly Clashes in Apaa

According to Taban, the deceased was kidnapped by unknown men during last week's attack and suspects that he was tortured to death. This now brings to two, the number of people killed during the January 19, 2022 clashes between the Acholi and Madi.
A man who went missing following the deadly clashes in the disputed Apaa area a week ago in Ngoro village, Mungula Parish in Itirikwa Sub-county, Adjumani District has been found dead. The decomposing body of David Ambayo was found on Monday evening in a bush in Aliwara village, Mungula Parish, some 10 kilometers from the scene of Wednesday clashes. 

Adjumani Resident District Commissioner, Peter Taban Data, says that the deceased’s body was discovered following an intense search by a team of security personnel comprising the police and army. 

He said efforts were underway to retrieve the decomposing body. “They (security personnel) are still in the bush organizing the body,” he said. According to Taban, the deceased was kidnapped by unknown men during last week's attack and suspects that he was tortured to death. This now brings to two, the number of people killed during the January 19, 2022 clashes between the Acholi and Madi.

Alex Uruga 40, one of the victims of the attacks succumbed to his injury on arrival at Mungula Health Center IV on Wednesday. Two other people are still hospitalized with severe body injuries at Mungula Health Center IV and Adjumani Hospital.  

Security reports indicate that a group of armed Acholi men orchestrated last week’s violence after attacking a peasant farmer of Madi ethnic background for unclear reasons. It’s reported that other neighbors intervened to rescue their colleagues sparking off a brutal fight. 

At least two people, a 50-year-old woman, and a 53-year-old man were arrested on Sunday afternoon in connection to the deadly attacks.  The fourth Infantry Division Spokesperson, Capt. Hassan Ahmed Katom, says security personnel were led to the suspect’s homes by a trail of bloodstains. 

He says the suspects are being detained at Zoka Police station to help with the investigation into last week’s incident. Brig. Bonny Bamwiseki, the Fourth Infantry Division Commander says he will be visiting the contentious area on Wednesday to dialogue with the community members on peaceful coexistence.

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