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Aid vehicle attacked in CAR

2010-05-07 17:06

Bangui - Two people were killed and two wounded in an attack on an aid vehicle blamed on Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in the east of the Central African Republic, the local Red Cross said Friday.

"The vehicle was attacked on Wednesday by rebels who opened fire without warning" near the village of Dembia, between Obo and Rabai, Red Cross official Moussa Hassan said.

The privately owned vehicle had been hired by the United Nations World Food Programme to serve the Red Cross, Hassan said.

"The person in charge, Adramane Bouar, and the driver Arnaud Bouar were killed immediately," he said after speaking to the vehicle's owner.

The vehicle had been on its way back to the capital Bangui after delivering food to Obo for refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere in Central Africa fleeing LRA attacks.

Ugandan LRA rebels have left more than 200 people dead in the eastern CAR since 2008, according to a local residents' association.

Five were killed when a vehicle was ambushed at the beginning April and 26 in three attacks in the last week of March.

The LRA took up arms against the government in northern Uganda in 1988 but in recent years has moved into remote areas of nearby countries after coming under pressure from the Ugandan army.