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Over 100 People Lost Their Lives During Christmas Holidays

Over 100 People Lost Their Lives During Christmas Holidays

At least 117 people lost their lives across Uganda during the Christmas holidays, according to figures from the police. The holiday period is generally seen as a time for celebration, family and rest.

However, many families are now mourning the unexpected loss of loved ones.

According to authorities at least 117 people died under different circumstances during Christmas celebrations in Uganda.

Victims perished in a suspected terror attack by the ADF rebels, 38 were assaulted to death, two were shot dead, six were hacked to death, eight drowned to death, five were lynched, four were hit using blunt objects, eight committed suicide and two were strangled to death.

The Uganda Police Force compiled data from various regions and districts citing out several deadly road accidents were reported across major highways as many traveled to visit friends and family for the holidays.

Alcohol-related incidents also contributed to the increasing death toll. At least 15 people died from alcohol poisoning or fights that broke out in bars and drinking spots over the holidays.

The police believe excessive alcohol consumption mixed with holiday revelry led to many unhealthy and dangerous situations.

According to police spokesperson Fred Enanga, Rwenzori West had the highest number of cases and called on the public to take safety precautions very seriously during Christmas holidays and to celebrate responsibly to prevent tragic endings.

The large loss of lives serves as a reminder that danger is still present even in periods of celebration and merrymaking.

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