Four Killed, Including 13 Year Old, As Fight Breaks Out During World Cup Viewing In Uganda
Four people, including a thirteen year old, have been killed following the eruption of a fight in a refugee camp in Uganda during the ongoing Russia 2018 World Cup tournament.
Deputy Police Spokesman, Patrick Onyango who confirmed the incidence said that the Police had arrested 15 suspects in connection with the killing of the four and the injuring of several people.
The violence took place in a camp in West Nile region on Sunday during a match between Brazil and Switzerland, said Deputy Police Spokesman, Patrick Onyango.
During the match, refugees from the Nuer ethnic group battled rival ethnic Dinka.
Trouble however began at halftime when a Dinka man, identified as Thon Majok, left the video hall, only to return to find that a Nuer man had occupied his seat.
“Majok ordered the Nuer man to vacate the seat.
“The Nuer man declined and the two started fighting, then each was joined by his tribesmen,’’ Onyango said by phone late on Thursday.
“The security situation in the South Sudanese-dominated refugee camps has stabilised,’’ he said.
Authorities had decided to separate refugees from the two ethnic groups and keep them in different camps, he said.
Uganda is sheltering about 1.4 million refugees, including more than a million from South Sudan where a five-year-old civil war has killed tens of thousands.
The war uprooted an estimated quarter of the population of 12 million.
Fighting in South Sudan has increasingly followed ethnic lines.
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