Bludgeoned, slashed and burned to death. That was the fate of 38 schoolchildren in western Uganda last Friday. The army has blamed the massacre in Mpondwe town on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan jihadist group allied to Islamic State operating in DR Congo. A top general said the jihadists stayed in the town, scouting out the school for several days before the attack. Uganda has been battling the group for decades, most recently deploying drones deep into the Congolese rainforest to scout out rebel bush camps. The ADF is regularly blamed for church bombings, roadside explosions or village purges on the Congolese side of the border but their trail of destruction slipped out of the headlines long ago.
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