Ugandan police said today that another 25 bodies had been recovered after weekend fighting in a western kingdom whose tribal monarch is accused of stoking a separatist rebellion, bringing the death toll to 87.
"We recovered 25 bodies from two sub-counties yesterday and a postmortem is being done to establish the facts," Kasese district police commander Sam Odong told AFP.
Police had earlier reported 16 police officers and 46 royal guards were killed in the fighting that broke out in the
Rwenzururu kingdom and saw security forces storm the palace to arrest King Charles Wesley Mumbere on Sunday.
Mumbere is accused of backing a militia, allegedly including members of his royal guard, which had launched attacks against Ugandan security forces while agitating for the creation of their own state called the Yiira Republic.
He was charged with murder today and remanded in prison, Uganda's judiciary spokesman, Solomon Muyita, told AFP.
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