100 LRA fighters attacked market town of Sambia in north-eastern DR Congo killing 8
The Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) incursion Saturday night into Sambia, 130 km in the north-eastern province of DR Congo, has killed 8 people, APA learnt on Sunday from UN sources.- - -
Those killed in the incursion were mostly civilians, and an intervention by the DR Congo Armed Forces forced the rebels to withdraw to the bush after six hours of fighting.
The attack by the LRA was confirmed by the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC)-sponsored Radio Okapi.
Humanitarian and civil society organisations are said to have been expressing grave concerns over the plight of civilians in the localities attacked by the rebels.
Report from Reuters Kinshasa by Joe Bavier Sunday 11 January 2009 - Ugandan LRA rebels kill 22 in Congo raids - excerpt:
Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels killed 22 people during weekend raids in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Sunday.
Around 100 LRA fighters attacked the market town of Sambia at about 2 a.m. on Sunday, killing six civilians and a soldier, said Joseph Bangakya, deputy governor of Orientale province.
On Friday the rebels launched a similar assault on the village of Kana. "They killed 15 people there, among them two women. There were no soldiers deployed there, so they attacked the civilians," Bangakya said.