Bundibugyo District Police Commander Aggrey Okum, says that police have commenced investigations to ascertain the actual cause of the fire and cautioned schools to step up security around their premises even when learners are away.
Most of the refugees have refused to move to Bubukwanga Transit Camp, about 30 kilometres from Busunga reception centre at the border post, despite facing serious safety and hygiene issues and lack of food.
This incident comes barely four days after the body of the District NRM registrar Robert Kifunga Aguma was also discovered by children when it had been dumped near Bimara stream in Kanyansimbi Ward Bundibugyo Town Council.
The operation commander Maj. Gen. Kayanja Muhanga says that one soldier was killed in crossfire with the rebels during the first phase of the operation, while the other three died due to individual errors, and as a result of rough terrain in the jungle.
They include bullets from a belt-fed general-purpose machine gun, commonly known as the PK, which were reportedly abandoned by the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF rebel group that was running away from joint operations by the UPDF and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo against insurgents in the eastern part of the country.
According to security sources, the joint forces raided Kayenjye and Bundihangaro village, which is 6Kms North of Nobili and 5Kms East of Kamango Town. Sources say the operation came hours after the ADF raided the residents of Kayenjye where they killed a Boda boda rider, torched two houses and looted livestock.
The forces say that the mass graves contained bodies of suspected ADF terrorist's who could have been killed when UPDF and their DR Congo counterparts launched airstrikes in November last year and followed up with subsequent attacks.
School administrators say that few learners have turned up after rebels on Wednesday night killed dozens of people and caused thousands to flee into Uganda. They say many learners and parents fear that the group might overrun schools with intentions to abduct the learners.
Abubakar Musoke, the chairperson of Bundibugyo the Boda boda rider’s association, says that a number of riders have lost their properties due to accumulated debts as a result of limited resources to pay up.
The 28-year-old Kenyan has been on Kenya’s most wanted list after skipping bail following his arrest in 2019 at Moi International Airport in Mombasa. Security said that he was on his way to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Isis.