Daring Escape: 3 Abducted Students Flee from ADF Rebel Captors

At least three students who had been abducted by The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a notorious rebel group, during a nighttime raid on Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Secondary School in Uganda, have managed to escape from their captors, the daily press can confirm.

Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the official spokesperson for the Ugandan army, has verified the students’ successful escape and their safe return to their respective homes before adding that security forces are actively engaged in a relentless pursuit of the attackers responsible for this reprehensible act.

“The students escaped from the DF rebels because of the too much pressure by UPDF, they had crossed to DR. Congo”, Army spokesperson Brig Felix Kulaigye said.

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The escaped students were part of those who were abducted during the tragic attack that took place on Friday night and resulted in the loss of at least 43 lives. Among the victims, 37 students met a gruesome fate, brutally hacked and burned to death, while several others were forcefully abducted.

Raimon Muhindo, the head teacher of the school had earlier confirmed that a total of 16 students were taken captive during the unforeseen raid. But, miraculously, three of these courageous students found a way to break free from their captors and regain their freedom.

According to military reports, the abducted students were coerced into acting as porters, carrying stolen food looted from the school’s store.

Meanwhile, this comes barely a day after the Opposition legislators raised concerns about the effectiveness and preparedness of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) following the DF attack in the Kasese district.

During a press conference at Parliament led by Abdallah Kiwanuka, the Member of Parliament for Mukono North Constituency and Shadow Minister for Internal Affairs, the legislators condemned what they perceived as a lack of action and vigilance on the part of the UPDF.

They specifically pointed out the failure of the UPDF barracks at Kamukumbi, located a mere 1.5 kilometers away from Lhubirira Secondary School, where 37 innocent students tragically lost their lives.


The ADF, an insurgent group that first emerged in Uganda during the mid-1990s with the goal of overthrowing President Yoweri Museveni, faced defeat and subsequently relocated their bases to the volatile forests of eastern Congo. From this stronghold, they consistently unleash terror upon villages, mercilessly claiming the lives of countless innocent civilians.

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