Congo Watch: Ugandan army kills 13 rebels in Doroma, DRC ambush

Monday, December 29, 2008

Ugandan army kills 13 rebels in Doroma, DRC ambush

From Bloomberg by Paul Richardson Dec. 29, 2008:
UGANDAN ARMY KILLS 13 REBELS IN CONGO AMBUSH, NEW VISION SAYS

Ugandan security forces killed 13 members of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and seized weapons and ammunition in an ambush in neighboring Congo, the New Vision reported, citing Captain Chris Magezi, a military spokesman.

The fighters were killed at Doroma, a town near the intersection of the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan and the Central African Republic, the Kampala- based newspaper said on its Web site yesterday. The Uganda People’s Defense Forces, along with Congo and Southern Sudan’s armies, began an offensive against the LRA on Dec. 14, it said.

Fighters from the renegade group, led by Joseph Kony, have killed 88 civilians in Congo and southern Sudan over the Christmas holidays, the newspaper said. At least 45 bodies were found in a Catholic church 10 kilometers (4 miles) southeast of Doroma after a massacre on Dec. 26, it said. The LRA rebels used machetes, swords and clubs to kill people, including women and children, who had taken refuge in the church, the newspaper said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Richardson in Johannesburg at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

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