Saturday, April 09, 2005

Uganda army kills over 50 rebels in two days

KAMPALA, April 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) announced on Saturday that its troops killed over 50 Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in the past two days in northern partof the country.

UPDF 4th division spokesman Lt. Tabaro Kiconco was quoted by Radio Uganda as saying that more than 50 rebels have been killed and several others captured with several guns when the rebels attempted to raid some internally displaced persons' camps in Gulu,Kitgum and Pader districts in the past two days.

Kiconco said the rebels who are moving in small groups of between three and ten have since Friday attacked internally displaced persons' camps in search of food and medicines.

He said early Saturday 15 rebels were killed in Kitgum districtand seven guns recovered.

The spokesman said in Kitgum that at least 21 LRA rebels were killed, 13 abducted people rescued and one captured on Friday, while two LRA rebels were killed and two guns recovered when five of them attempted to raid an internally displaced persons' camp atMuwini.

In Gulu district, two rebels were killed, one captured and two guns recovered in Palongo while two more rebels were killed and their guns recovered as they attempted to penetrate the Lagole camp.

He added that the rebels have recent intensified attempts on the internally displaced persons' camps in search for food.

LRA rebels, based in southern Sudan, have killed tens of thousands of civilians and displaced over 1.4 million people in their 19-year rebellion in northern Uganda. Enditem

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