Friday, September 24, 2010

DR Congo: 6 civilians killed in LRA attacks -MONUSCO

Source: Missionary International Service News Agency (MISNA)
Date: 23 September 2010 - via ReliefWeb
At least six more civilians were killed this week in attacks in the Orientale Province, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, by Ugandan rebels of the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army) headed by the visionary Joseph Kony.

According to the United Nations stabilisation mission in DR-Congo (MONUSCO), three civilians, including the village chief, were killed on September 15 in Liakanda, in the Dungu district.

The following day a group of traders was attacked in Nambili, in the Haut-Uélé district, by rebels who killed three and abducted another two, looting their belongings.

The MONUSCO also refers of the possible death of another civilian the day after in Ngilima.

The UN stabilisation mission also expressed 'concern" over reports of a possible LRA involvement in arms trafficking toward Uganda, through Sudan and DR-Congo.

The LRA, originally active in North Uganda, took refuge in the forests of the Congolese Orientale Province, launching attacks, killing and abducting civilians over the past three years in DR-Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

The indiscriminate attacks by the rebels have caused wide discontent among the civil society and religious leaders of the three countries. The Congolese and Ugandan governments in the past days announced new joint operations against the rebels. [BO]

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