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The BBC's Martin Dawes reports
"Samples have been taken from organs to see if victims were drugged"
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Tuesday, 28 March, 2000, 23:25 GMT 00:25 UK
More cult victims unearthed
Ugandan child
Local people used leaves to keep off the stench
Ugandan officials investigating the deaths of members of a doomsday religious cult have found another mass grave under the concrete floor of the home of a cult leader.

Prisoner digging
Prisoners from the local jail dug up the corpses
Six bodies were discovered hidden in the floor of the Rugazi home of Father Dominic Kataribabo, the defrocked Roman Catholic priest who was one of the leaders of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God cult.

Police decided to dig the living room of the house after interviewing a nephew of Father Kataribabo.

Prisoners from a local jail used ropes to pull the bodies to the surface after they used a crowbar and a hoe to dig up the concrete.

Stab wounds

On Monday, the investigators, assisted by the prisoners, discovered a mass grave on the same property owned by Father Kataribabo.

About 70 bodies were unearthed, including that of a pregnant woman and others of 26 children.

Many of the bodies had stab wounds and others showed signs of strangulation.

Another 153 bodies had been found on another cult compound in the village of Buhunga on Friday.

Father Kataribabo is believed to have died in the fire in the cult's main church at Kanungu where 400 members were killed.

But it is still not clear if two other cult leaders, Cledonia Mwerinde and Joseph Kibweteere also perished in the fire.

The authorities are looking for them. It was the massive fire and deaths at Kanungu that set off the investigation into the activities of the cult.

The BBC East Africa correspondent Martin Dawes says it seems incredible that so much killing and disposal of bodies could have passed unnoticed.

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