West Nile Regional Police is investigating a deadly clash that happened in Madi-Okollo town between locals and refugees of the Rhino Settlement Camp.
In this clash, eight refugees were killed in cold blood.
In a statement released by the regional spokesperson SP Josephine Angucia about what transpired, it is alleged that at around 1 pm on Friday, a one Ajute Rahman Yassin was looking after cattle near the resettlement camp and that he was assaulted by refugee youths.
“Ajute Yassin ran to his uncle, a one Olega, who is the LC II chairperson of Kwili Parish, Odraku village, Rigbwo sub-county. He rushed Ajute to Olujbo Health center III for treatment and in that process, one of the ladies from Olega’s family ran to the trading centre informing boda boda riders that Ajute had been killed by refugees, hence the angry mob organised, went and attacked the refugee settlement camp, killing eight and injuring four others,” reads part of the statement.
The deadly clash happened at Tika 1, block ‘D’ Rhino Camp Refugees Settlement, Rigbwo Sub County in Madi-Okollo.
The scene of crime was visited by the Regional Police Commander and a team of detectives.
Police teams recovered the bodies and conveyed them to Arua Mortuary for postmortem.
The latest information indicates that at least 28 suspects have been arrested and detained at Arua Regional Police.
According to the police publicist, the scene has been preserved for further analysis.
“We have made a combine deployment of police supported by UPDF in the area. The man hunt for other suspects is ongoing as investigations continue,” she said.
However, this is not the first clash between refugees and host communities. Refugees especially from the Rhino settlement camp have repeatedly conflicted with the locals and security agencies.
Most of the refugees in this camp came from South Sudan due to violence arising between the government and opposition armed groups that has been ongoing in the past years.